Year 7 student Luca Durso is counting down the days until he can represent Australia as a YoungPlayer in the 2018 Gazprom Football 4 Friendship programme in Russia in June.
Article by Nikki Little
Year 7 student Luca Durso is counting down the days until he can represent Australia as aYoungPlayer in the 2018 Gazprom Football 4 Friendship programme in Russia in June.
Taking place in Moscow on 8-15 June ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, F4F is anannualInternational Children’s social programme organised by Gazprom, an internationalcompanysupporting global social projects and setting new standards in relation to social policy. One of theexperiences includes a role in the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup andtickets to theopening match, Russia vs Saudi Arabia.
Durso will represent Australia as a Player giving the country even more presence ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He will join other 12-year-old football players and journalists from 211 countriesandregions to participate in the 8-day programme.
Luca says “I am passionate about football and would love to play for the Socceroos one day. It isadream to represent Australia and visit Russia to see the World Cup.”
Luca already has some impressive credentials for a 12-year-old, having represented SchoolSportVictoria at the National 12 Years and Under Schoolboys Championships in 2017, winning a silver medal. He currently plays for Melbourne City Football Club’s Under 14 team. Luca trains 5 nights aweek and plays games on Sundays. He attends school at Rowville Sports Academy (RSA).
The Friendship 4 Football opportunity came about because of Ian Greener’s (Head Coach – Rowville Sports Academy) relationship with Lengo Football Academy Founder Emanuel Sakaii. Lengo arepartners of Football for Friendship in Russia and are responsible for giving delegations from 12 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Tanzania and the Pacific Islands the opportunity to takepart in this world-class event.