Fleetwood High School student Jon Fraser has just returned from footballing championships in Al Ain in The United Arab Emirates.
Jon is a youth team player for Premiership side Blackpool Football Club, and as such travelled with his club to play in the Al Ain 2011 Football Championships, which were broadcast nationally across the United Arab Emirates. His team played against some formidable opposition, including eventual winners The United Arab Emirates National Team. Other well known teams in the tournament included Athletico Madrid and Moroccan team Raja.
Jon explained that the tournament was played over ten days, sometimes in blistering heat. “It was never less than thirty degrees and went up to forty two degrees on one day.”
Blackpool finished an impressive third in the tournament, at times playing against older teenagers. When asked about the most interesting aspect of his trip Jon stated, “It was the different culture of football. They play in a different style because of the heat. For example they don’t close down as fast in defence.”
Jon has been captain of his Fleetwood High School football team since Year Seven and led his team to a 3-1 victory on Wednesday in the Harry Johnson cup semi-finals against Cardinal Allen High School. He will now lead them out at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday when they meet Saint Mary’s High School in the final. Jon explained that his two mentors during his school career have been Fleetwood High teacher Steve Kershaw and School Sports Partnership manager Matt Hilton.
We look forward to following Jon’s promising football career.