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The Tour provides a unique life experience as teenage football players

Melbourne Football Stars (MFS) are back home after training across England, Scotland and Spain, three countries steeped in football tradition. On its fourth edition, this is the first time the MFS European Tour has been expanded to Spain.

Made up of some of Melbourne's Elite Youth footballers, the players trained since July and the selected age group was a combination of 14, 15 and 16 year old: "We like Spanish football technique. There's a high standard that Football Federation Australia (FFA) promotes among the young ones", agree most of them. "We also like Spanish food, fruit in particular!".

The Head Coach and Director of Melbourne Football Stars, George Campbell, was this year's Tour Leader coaching the players at games against Scottish Champions Rangers FC, Aberdeen FC, St Mirren FC, English Premier League Clubs Newcastle, Fulham and Spanish Espanyol.

The Tour provides a unique life experience as teenage football players. They exchanged impressions when at the training sessions conducted by, among others, the Espanyol Head Academy Coaches: "What do you prefer: Sydney or Melbourne?" asked some of the MSF players to a coach who visited Australia last year.

They also got the opportunity to meet some of the senior team, players and managers, together with official visits to Ibrox Park Stadium, Celtic Park Stadium, England's Wembley Stadium, FC Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium -the largest stadium in Europe- and Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu. The team also visited some football museums while visiting Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen London, Barcelona and Madrid.

The Tour aims to yearly provide young players to:

  • Gain an insight into the world of professional football
  • Experience the intensity and atmosphere of top class games
  • Understand the culture of the World game
  • Learn about the history of Scotland, England and Spain
  • Benchmark abilities of elite players and measure the standard of where we are with youth player development

Melbourne Football Stars (MFS) is an organisation that provides Melbourne's Youth with an opportunity to travel to Europe to gain an insight into the world of professional Football.

George Campbell, the Head Coach and Director, has coached at various levels within Victorian Football. He is currently the Head Coach of the Xavier College Firsts Soccer Team, and the U21 coach of Northcote City who play in the Victorian Premier League. George also holds a FIFA B License in Football Coaching.

By Albert Bosch


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