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Local Soccer Player Has Experience Of A Lifetime
August 11, 2012
By Wendy Hayworth
Intern Reporter for the Tribune
Avery German-Martinez is an eighth grader with an incredible story. Only 13 years old, Avery has traveled to England with a group of boys to play soccer. There, he not only played against foreign teams, but he got to witness the Olympic games firsthand.
Super Clubs has provided young soccer players with the opportunity to travel and play for over two decades. Kids who qualify are given the chance to travel to foreign countries and play against foreign soccer teams. This year, the kids were able to witness two Olympic soccer games as well.
Avery learned that soccer is very different across the pond. Some of the kids he played against already had pro contracts.
“They play every day. That’s their way of life,” Avery said.
“He loves soccer. He has a passion for it,” Brandi Martinez-French said of her son.
Soccer wasn’t the only experience Avery had. The kids got to stop in Atlanta, Amsterdam, and France before stopping in Manchester. They also toured numerous castles and drove through Wales.
“Their food is quite interesting. They had little patties of lamb guts that they soak in blood. It tasted better than I thought it would. It took a lot of courage to try,” Avery remembered.
Due to an injury obtained during a friendly match against a Welsh team, Avery spent his last few days in England in a wheelchair.
“It was actually a lot of fun. I was disappointed that I couldn’t play anymore though,” Avery said.
Avery is not walking away from this experience empty-handed. Avery has the match ball from his first international goal.
“You got to work to get what you want. You got to put in the effort. You can’t just magically get there,” Avery said.
This isn’t the end for Avery. He plans on continuing play soccer throughout his school years.
“I plan to go all the way up,” Avery said.
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