Brazilians want to televise soccer match with Braunton youngsters

A soccer match in Braunton between local youngsters and a youth team from Brazil could end up on TV. The invitation extended by Braunton Rotary Club to the Brazilian footballers is causing a stir in the Brazilian town of Joao Pessoa-Pb. A Brazilian TV

A soccer match in Braunton between local youngsters and a youth team from Brazil could end up on TV.The invitation extended by Braunton Rotary Club to the Brazilian footballers is causing a stir in the Brazilian town of Joao Pessoa-Pb. A Brazilian TV station has been in touch with the Rotary Club to see if it is possible to arrange coverage of the soccer match when they play Braunton Wanderers."I thought it was a joke when they first got in touch, but I have now spoken with the TV company CEO and they are seriously interested," said Braunton Rotarian John Lain.The team, along with the coach and two members of the Brazilian Rotary Club including the President, are due to arrive on May 14. They will play a number of games during their visit including one against Braunton Wanderers at the village fair on May 25,Bank Holiday Monday. A final match against Barnstaple Youth is planned at the Barnstaple ground on May 30 with a chance for the Brazilians to also watch the FA Cup final before they leave for home.Braunton Rotary Club, which is hosting the ambitious trip, has been delighted with the support it has received from schools in North Devon offering to help with games and tours.Prior to the visit, some fund-raising events have been organised to give the public a chance to have some fun while helping the cause. These include a Brazilian Night of Fun in Braunton on Friday, April 10, an Easter egg hunt at the Tarka Inn on the morning of Saturday, April 11 and a hog roast at the Braunton Cricket Club on May 4. Also being arranged is a tug 'o' war between the Jack Russell pub and the Braunton Aggi to be held at Swimbridge."The Brazilians have done really well raising funds for the flights etc, so we want to make sure we can give them a trip to remember," said fund-raiser John Rendle.Braunton Rotary Club is hoping the trip could become an annual event.


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