Barcelona beckons for Adam Bull's trip of a lifetime

ONE Maryborough teen will have the chance to visit arguably the world's best football club next year.

Riverside Christian College student Adam Bull will enjoy the experience of a lifetime when he travels with an Australian under-13 futsal side to tour Spain in May.

During that trip the squad will visit FC Barcelona, the home of football megastars such as Brazilian sensation Neymar, Andres Iniesta and one of the most prolific strikers of all-time Lionel Messi.

Barcelona's football and futsal squads play out of the same club and colours, and it is understood the Australian touring squad will visit Camp Nou during their stay.

Bull was offered a place in the touring team after his sensational performances at the National School Championships, where he represented Queensland Country.

The 12-year-old, who only started playing three years ago, could not be more excited about the opportunity to represent his country.

"I play a bit of tennis as well but that's it," Bull said.

"Earlier this year I went for Wide Bay trials at Hervey Bay PCYC, then from that team got picked for Queensland Country.

"We played in Brisbane during the last school holidays and that was great."

Riverside caters to about 120 students who elect futsal as their sport.

Head of Middle School Michael Lovejoy said many of those, like Adam, played in competitions after school as well.

Lovejoy said most futsal skills transferred to football, but the smaller field - and teams - made the predominantly indoor game more accessible.

Bull will spend much of the next six months enhancing his skills ahead of the trip of a lifetime.

"I want to be a soccer player so going to see Barcelona is going to be great," Bull, who unsurprisingly counted sport/health/PD as his favourite subject, said.



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