Late in the afternoon on Tuesday, Maicon and Reyes were at Vitalis Park, home of the school Dragon Force Porto. As usually happens in these visits, they were surrounded by many dozens of children who took the opportunity to talk to their idols and get the much wanted autograph. The two FC Porto players praised the infrastructures and encouraged the “kids”: what’s important is that they keep playing football and follow their dream.
“There’s a full support structure here; FC Porto is behind this and that’s what matters. They have objectives and professional staff working with them. If I had had the chance, of course I would have loved to be in a school like this. Sadly, I wasn’t that lucky, but fortunately I’m here today and I might be able to further help these kids”, Maicon stated, talking to the press present at the school. The Brazilian then remembered the days where the street was the stadium for many games, far away from the professional setting found at Dragon Force.
Maicon also pointed out that, “with hard work”, you can “win everything”, an opinion shared by Diego Reyes: “I believe these kids are very lucky to be here. They have a great place to play football, I used to do it on the street. They should enjoy this as much as they can, as they are in a great institution, they are part of FC Porto”. The Mexican also considered himself to be another example in the list of central defenders trained at FC Porto: “I’m a better player now, and, above all, a better person, which is even more important sometimes. I’ve learned a lot in the last year, and I am happy to be here”.
The players talked to the press after having been cheered by about 100 children, who then had the privilege to play with their idols and ask some questions. Among other things, Maicon and Reyes explained what it takes to play for FC Porto and remembered their first contact with a ball. The visit ended with a group picture and autographs.
The Dragon Force schools celebrated their sixth anniversary last Saturday and also the start of the 2014/15 year. They hold 3,000 students and are spread all over the country. For any information concerning the project and applications, the contacts for these schools can be found here.