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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.

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