TWO outstanding young Bundaberg talents have been chosen in an Australian under-15 girls' futsal team for a United Kingdom "Tour of a Lifetime" next year.
Tess Williams, 14, a St Luke's Anglican School Year 9 student, was selected in the side, along with Bundaberg North State High School Year 8 student Amelia McLeod.
Running from April 10-29, it will be Australian Vikings Futsal Association's 15th annual UK tour and it has organised the trip in conjunction with Rhyl Football Club, one of the most renowned football clubs in North Wales.
They will be working together to develop the partnership of the two codes in North Wales.
Rhyl is the base for the Everton FC Foundation Academy and also one of Everton's major Academy locations, and the players will be coached by Everton and Manchester City staff coaches and have games against the local clubs.
The dynamic Bundaberg duo were invited to tour after each again impressing for Country Queensland at the recent Australian School Futsal Championships in Brisbane.
Bundaberg-based Vikings Futsal Wide Bay development officer Rae Harding said their selections were thoroughly deserved, with one other Wide Bay player also in the team, Rebecca Cobb, of Gympie.
"Country made it all the way through to semi-finals but were pipped by one goal by Northern New South Wales, and Tess and Amelia are both court-players and were standouts," Harding said.
"Tess was one of only five chosen in the All Stars team from the championships from around 130 children - only five were given jerseys, and that proves her level.
"Last year, Tess was also selected for Country Queensland from the Wide Bay regional competition and after her first nationals, she was offered a place in the Australian team but was unable to go, which was a real shame for her.
"But she will go this time, and it will be a wonderful experience for all the girls, getting to taste the life of a professional footballer and playing against some of England's premier futsal clubs.
"Amelia has also come on in leaps and bounds and they are both lovely kids - they are easy to train and they listen to their coaches and they are allround really good sportswomen."
The pair are also very good football players and Williams has also represented Wide Bay in that code at both association and school levels this year, and she has just been named in the association team again for 2012, but futsal is her main focus at the moment.
McLeod is also "very excited" about the chance to wear the green and gold after only making her Country Queensland debut this year after taking up futsal three years ago.
The all-rounder has also played for the North Bundaberg Eagles football team for the past three years but she loves futsal more.
"It's much more fun and running around and I can't wait for the tour," McLeod said.
The cost of the tour is expensive at $6400 per player, and both families would be appreciative of any financial assistance from any businesses or individuals.