Blanes, Spain - The 2020 Top12 Experience provided standout youth futsal players with an opportunity to experience the everyday life of a professional athlete. During the week-long event in Blanes, Spain, SC Corinthians Paulista of Brazil was a vital contributor to this objective.
In the latest Top12 recap, United Futsal provides an overview of SC Corinthians’ participation.
The Top12 Experience was designed to expose the next generation of youth futsal players to life as a professional athlete. In order to provide this experience, United Futsal emphasized excellence during the day-to-day training schedule and the overall organization of the event.
An additional development tool for aspiring youth futsal players is witnessing how professionals approach the game mentally and physically. Therefore, SC Corinthians was invited to hold its preseason tour in conjunction with the 2020 Top12 Experience. The legendary Brazilian futsal club’s participation exposed the Top12 players to a decorated club with professionals committed to athletic performance.
As stated in previous press releases, the Top12 Experience officially kicked off on Sunday, March 23, at Ciutat Esportiva Blanes. On Monday, training started for the Top12 players. The SC Corinthians Meet and Greet was held later that night at the event hotel in Lloret De Mar. Rob Andrews, United Futsal President, greeted the players and outlined the inspiration for the SC Corinthians partnership.
"Bringing a professional team to do its preseason alongside the Top12 players has been a dream of mine for years," said Andrews. "SC Corinthians is the perfect club for this program. We are so thankful for them coming here, offering their time and making themselves accessible to you. They will show you what it’s like to live, train and be a professional."
The SC Corinthians coaching staff and players signed autographs and took pictures with the awe-struck youth futsal players to conclude the night.
On Wednesday night, a highlight of the Top12 Experience was held in the Barcelona city center. SC Corinthians faced off against FC Barcelona at Palau Blaugrana. The arena near the Camp Nou attracted futsal supporters from the region for the third ever matchup between the clubs.
Prior to kickoff, the Top12 players were welcomed on the court to take a group picture with both powerhouse clubs. For a select few, standout performances during the opening two days of training earned an opportunity to experience game day with SC Corinthians. The players traveled to the match on the team bus, entered the stadium with the squad and watched pre-game courtside. They were then accompanied by the remaining Top12 players for the group photo.
The Top12 participants were entertained by a 4-2 victory for FC Barcelona. The host club outlasted a final push by SC Corinthians to close out the match.
On Thursday, SC Corinthians opened its training session doors to the coaches, players and parents at the Top12 Experience. The drills were explained in detail to those in attendance. For the coaches and players, the open training session exposed the intensity and focus of professional futsal athletes.
Following the conclusion of the Top12 Cup on Saturday, SC Corinthians met one last time with the Top12 participants. Although the youth players showed fatigue, the last opportunity to interact with the professional futsal players kept the room energized. The Top12 participants heard final speeches about the partnership from Andrews and Top12 Director Jamie Waters. SC Corinthians Director of Futsal Edson Sesma (Edinho) and captain Deives Moraes also addressed the crowd before they provided one last photo opportunity.
"I would like to thank all you boys and girls for being here," said Edinho. "It’s was a great experience for us to share our training and match play with you."
The following day, SC Corinthians departed the Top12 Experience for its next preseason match versus AE Palma Futsal.
To conclude, the 2020 Top12 Experience was one for the memory books. We separated the event recap into multiple press releases due to the significance of each theme. The Top12 Experience officially rebranded to United Futsal Futures during the closing ceremony, which turns the page to a new chapter. The memories from 2020 will be saved on the shelves for all those that contributed over the years to the success of the Top12 Experience.