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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Meet the woman training Brazil’s next soccer superstars

FOOTBALLER Anna Williams is heading to Brazil for the World Cup – to help coach children and maybe catch a few games.

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VIVA BRAZIL: Anna Williams from Cleator Moor is off to Brazil during the World Cup to help disadvantaged children

By Mark White

Anna, 24, flew out this week and will be in Sao Paulo for England’s second group game against Uruguay on June 19 and hopes to get a ticket.

Coaching kids in the city of Curitiba will be Anna’s priority while there, but she hopes to see as much of the World Cup action as possible.

“I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to get a ticket for the game as some of the people I’m going with already have one,” said Anna, from Cleator Moor, who plays left-back or left-midfield for Workington Reds Ladies.

“If I can’t, it’ll still be an amazing atmosphere watching it in the park on the big screens.”

Anna, who previously played for Whitehaven Amateurs Ladies, is in Brazil for nine days coaching children.

Working for a company that takes coaches across the world, Anna will take football into the run-down areas of Brazil. As well as coaching, Anna will have two free days to explore Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

“I’ll be coaching disadvantaged children, giving them opportunities that they wouldn’t normally get,” she said.

“It’s great to just give something back. The Brazilians will probably teach us more than we’ll teach them. Have you seen their players!

“I’m so excited to get out there, it’s going to brilliant to be in the country hosting the World Cup. It will be an amazing experience.”

Anna is also taking out donated boots to give to the Brazilian children in the Favelas. After a successful local appeal, almost 20 sets of boots will be given to disadvantaged children, giving them the chance to become the next in line to Brazil’s footballing superstars.

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