Norwich City treat for Gorleston Rangers U7 Brazil

Gorleston Rangers U7 Brazil were invited to an afternoon at Norwich City's training ground at Colney. This was entirely arranged and funded by Aviva and massive thanks went to all at Aviva, especially Katie Spooner.

Gorleston Rangers U7 Brazil were invited to an afternoon at Norwich City's training ground at Colney.

This was entirely arranged and funded by Aviva and massive thanks went to all at Aviva, especially Katie Spooner.

The team also played on the Carrow Road pitch before the Canaries' game with Southampton.

All the boys, who are six or seven, were wearing their new Brazil training kit, sponsored by R Lee Services Beccles Ltd for the first time.

The group was taken to the changing rooms and Ricky Martin, head of Norwich City's Academy, introduced the day ahead.

At the Academy Arena were Matthew Wright, the Norwich City skills coach, who put the boys through their paces doing numerous skills exercises.

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The boys were then taken for a match against each other. It was a tough, gritty game with every boy giving 100 per cent whilst playing with massive grins on their faces.

They were taken to the players' dining room and Norwich City served the boys and parents with generous meals.

Next up was a tour of the facilities with an excellent talk by Ricky Martin. The boys learnt all about who uses which pitches, then moved on to the boot room with a large array of boots, including the ones that Grant Holt takes to every game even though they are beyond repair and completely unusable.

The group learned about how the boots all get cleaned by the academy players then went into the players' gym and the physio and rehab rooms.

Back at the players' dining area, Ricky Martin and Phil Lythgoe presented each boy with a certificate signed by Paul Lambert and Grant Holt and a medal, courtesy of Aviva.

The boys were congratulated by the training staff, not only for the effort they put in and the amount of smiling they did throughout the day, but especially for their behaviour which received special praise from the Norwich City coaches.

The final bit of excitement came as they left the car park and followed Darren Huckerby down the road. An exciting end to an exciting day.

Massive thanks went to Aviva (especially Katie Spooner), Norwich City (especially Ricky Martin and Phil Lythgoe) who really made the day special and to R Lee Services Beccles (especially Richard Lee) for the brilliant new training kit.

On Saturday, Gorleston Rangers U7 Brazil played at Carrow Road just before the Norwich City game against Southampton. The boys turned up with their sponsor Carrington Longe from fashion company

They were playing their very good friends, the brilliant Loddon Grasshoppers.

The warm-up was exciting enough, in front of the Snake Pit in the Barclay Stand and the City Stand.

When the game kicked off the boys started slowly but soon found their form and produced a typical team performance. At the end the boys and parents from each team congratulated each other on what was a brilliant game and an even better experience in front of stands that hold 26,000 people.

Next up was some photographs then the boys stayed on to watch Southampton beat Norwich City 2-0.

Thanks go to for buying the strip the boys played in.

The week finished against Waveney C on Sunday with another fine performance.

The young Brazilians are: Alex (Julio Cesar) in goal who has recently been asked to attend the NCFC academy; Jack (Daniel Alves) is a recent signing who is starting to look a formidable defender; Chester (Diego) in defence and midfield who is excellent at dribbling and showed an amazing awareness of Norwich City players in the boot room; Kyle (Giberto Silva) who has improved immensely and is now a very strong and solid defender.

Another relative newcomer is Harvey (Elano) who has outstanding passing ability and an amazing finish; Toby (Kaka) who continues to score goals for fun and particularly enjoyed doing so at Carrow Road; Tristan (Luis Fabiano) who can do it all, tackling, dribbling, shooting…but is lightning fast too; Josh (Robinho) who has been a major part in the success of the team over the last six months as he just keeps getting better. He also enjoyed the scoring feeling at Carrow Road.

Harry (Lucio) has recently slipped into midfield again to complement his dribbling and passing abilities; Joshua (Adriano) who also continues to grow each week.

They are managed by Gary (Dunga) who has overseen a massive

all-round improvement in the team over recent months and are coached by Stu (Zico) and the goalkeeper coach Shaun (Nilma).

Thanks went to the team's other sponsor Mitchells Renault of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Additional thanks went to all the parents who all get on brilliantly and often go out together for meals and drinks. It is a special team both on and off the field.

And thanks to all the boys. It was been an exciting and very football-orientated half-term, but the boys behaved impeccably throughout.

They have grown again as footballers in the last week as was seen by the style of football played against Waveney C. All 10 of them are continuing to improve and all of their mums, dads, nans, grandads, friends and families are proud of every one of them.