WHOARE THE TORNADOES?
The Wellington Tornadoes is a not-for-profit football programme that has been running for five years, with trials held each year for 12 to 16-year-olds. Each intake is involved for eight months, culminating in a US trip to play matches and be introduced to the US college football system. This year the team will play in tournaments in the Disney Showcase in Florida and Vegas Cup in Nevada, the only international team to do so, along with friendlies from Texas to LA. Head coach Guy Smith says the Tornadoes are about ‘‘elite football and amazing experiences . . . we try to inspire players to keep improving through to the end of high school and show them what’s on offer in America.’’ Parents normally cover costs, although limited corporate sponsorship and grant funding does help. Tornadoes 6 will be for players born in 1998-99 and trials are next July. Visit www.tornadosoccer.com.