Six of the Goulburn Valley’s budding soccer stars will be heading to Japan on Monday to represent regional Victoria in the Talent Identification Development Centre.
The eight-day camp encompasses a full-time soccer schedule, making sure regional children are given the chance to develop their game and fast-track their footballing ability.
Gerald Corbo, Gerang Kuol and James Nieuwenhuizen will represent the under-13 squad, while Teng Kuol, Brandon Giaccherini and Josh Rachele were selected in the under-14s.
Goulburn Valley TIDC coach David Davkovski is pleased six local footballers made the cut, after trialling in Melbourne.
‘‘We took eight kids down to Melbourne to trial in front of the selectors and our return was great to get six make it,’’ Davkovski said.
‘‘It will be an unbelievable experience for these kids to try their hand in a different country and be given the exposure that the metropolitan-based kids usually get.’’
The TIDC, based at McEwen Reserve, offers regional children the chance to train and develop their game, and the ability to have access to some of the state’s best coaches.
‘‘I was taken to Melbourne four times a week for four years so it was huge financial burden, and what the TIDC does is give the regional kids the same exposure that the metropolitan kids get,’’ Davkovski said.
‘‘We operate under Boris Seroshtan, so all the kids are given the same training across the state in an attempt to develop football at grass roots level.
‘‘It is a program that is open to everyone, it is live, so every eight weeks we can filter through players regardless of whether you are playing National Premier League or in the Shepparton Junior Soccer Association.’’
Giaccherini, who is a talented left winger for Goulburn Valley Suns, could not contain his excitement at heading to Asia.
‘‘I never thought I would be going to Japan but when I heard I was going to be given the opportunity I could not believe it,” Giaccherini said.
‘‘It is going to be an awesome experience and we can’t wait to play against other football teams.’’