Madjer Cup… Interview to Luke Kerr – Isle of Wight Beach Soccer
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1. Luke, it is a great pleasure to see Isle of Wight Beach Soccer attending the 1st Madjer Cup. What do you expect from this participation?
Luke : “We are excited to be competing with youth players from across the global beach soccer community and being part of this special event which we hope will become part of the global beach soccer calendar for many years to come so we can attend too year after year”
2. Tell us a little, about the team and the youth beach soccer approach you are undertaking in your club.
Luke : “We have been running youth events for over 10 years on the Isle of Wight a small Island off the coast of England, we have over 500 youth playing members from ages 6 to 16 and this event now gives us the opportunity see our youth players compete on a global stage, we have seen many of our young players go onto to compete for England at BSWW events across the world, coaching and developing them from ages 9 to seeing them today compete against the world’s best players and teams, youth development on the Isle of Wight is our main focus and feeding the England beach soccer national team for many years to come”
3. How do you see the impact of this tournament on the future of Youth Beach Soccer worldwide?
Luke : “It really gives those players coming from youth stages to senior an opportunity to flourish and compete with other International sides before making the transition to senior beach soccer and hopefully the BSWW leagues and cups, youth beach soccer is so important to the future of our game and this event will showcase some of the countries who have been developing the best of youth beach soccer from across the globe over the past few years.
4. Have you ever been to Figueira? What do you know about the place where the event will take place?
Luke : “Portugal is very important place to me and a country myself and my family love, I also have very good memories of the past Beach Soccer Mundialitos in Portimao where I have coached and played over 10 years ago with England and my origanl club side Sandown Sociedad, this will be my first visit to Porto and Fiueura and I’ve very excited to visit this beautiful area as like all of Portugal I’m sure it will be spectacular on the eye and a beautiful combination with beach soccer, all our players are very excited too for the trip and tournament…..”
5. Final words to all the teams attending the event…
Luke : ”My message to all the teams will be, enjoy the coastal beauty of Portugal combined with the beautiful game of beach soccer this will make for a breath taking trip for all teams, players and coaches and an experience which will last with you all forever, making new friends as I have done over the past 17 year of playing beach soccer, we are all truly blessed to be part of this beautiful game and this fantastic historic tournament too, Saúde!