Imagine this. During a game for the Spanish La Liga between Barcelona and Villarreal, the visiting side wins a corner.
The kicker steps up, sends the ball in and rising above the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Antoine Griezmann is a young Australian that came on from the bench to score the goal and give the “yellow submarine” the win.
That young player could be you, if you choose to sign up for newly-created academies in Melbourne now that the Spanish club with the long history is expanding its reach to Australian shores in the hopes of finding young players to fill their ranks.
Villarreal will hold a training camp lasting two weeks in Cheltenham, where youngsters will have the assistance and guidance of some of the highest quality youth coaches licensed by the European Federation themselves (UEFA).
From that camp, four players will emerge with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to test their mettle in the Villarreal academies in Spain and experience up close the top level facilities of the La Liga club, such as their El Madrigal home stadium, and potentially become a permanent member of the “yellow submarine” academies.
Villarreal Club De Futbol was founded in 1923 in the Castellon province within the Valencian region of Spain.
The team spent most of its years playing in the lower leagues of the country and it wasn’t until 1998 when they made their La Liga debut in a match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Since then however, they have grown exponentially and even managed to reach the Champions League semi-finals in season 2005/06 (they were eventually knocked out by Arsenal), while also achieving a best position of second in their domestic league in 2008.
They have gained the moniker “the yellow submarine” due to their yellow home kits but also because of the fact that they’ve come from behind to challenge the top clubs in Spain for the titles.
Villarreal have been continuously growing, not just as a football team, but also as an organisation, creating academies all over the world and constantly expanding their network.
They have since become one of the most well-known franchises of European football, and a chance to play for them could provide a gateway to the highest level of football in the world.
The opportunity is right here. Are you prepared to take the “yellow submarine”?