Football-mad Forrest Hill Milford youngster off to Barcelona

A lucky Kiwi kid is about to have the experience of a lifetime after winning the chance to train with professional coaches at an FC Barcelona camp in Spain through New Zealand Football’s partnership with MILO.

Zara Harris, nine, from Forrest Hill Milford United earned the opportunity after showing her commitment and passion on the pitch during the junior football season.

She is one of over 50,000 Kiwi kids who enjoy the beautiful game across the country every Saturday morning in winter, many of whom had the chance to enter the MILO competition by showing their commitment to football.

All children aged between six to 12 years who received a MILO Committed Player of the Month certificate, issued by New Zealand Football and handed out by junior coaches all over the country, were eligible to go into the draw.

The child’s parent or guardian simply had to explain in 50 words or less why they received a MILO Committed Player of the Month certificate and therefore deserved to win a place at the Barcelona training camp, where they will be taught by coaches from the famous club.

Zara’s mother Jane entered on her behalf and expressed her daughter’s passion for the game and sense of sportsmanship:

“Encouragement, kindness and GRIT! Passionate about football, Zara’s good sportsmanship and commitment earned her the award. This experience would mean the world to her now and into her future as a reference point when she comes up against challenges to look back and say, ‘I learned from the best – perseverance, commitment and MILO delivers results!’”

The MILO team are delighted to be able to offer such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to Zara.

“We are all about helping kids get active and we’re keen to encourage children to lead healthy, active lives. Zara was one of hundreds of kids who received the MILO Committed Player of the Month award during the season and was chosen because of her sportsmanship and passion for football. We are excited for Zara and her mum to be heading off for their money-can’t-buy experience at the FCB training camp with Escola coaches to learn football skills with many other football-loving kids around the world.”

New Zealand Football also wishes to congratulate James Harrison Uren, eight, who will be joining Zara in Barcelona. James plays for Pukekohe AFC and was entered by his father Tim through a MILO consumer promotion. 

Both children receive a trip for themselves and one parent or guardian to Spain and, among other perks, will enjoy a two-day session at the FC Barcelona training camp.