Help Joel train in Barcelona

About Joel

Joel's love of soccer started at an early age.  From his first Northern Ireland and Celtic kits as a baby, to the giant soccer goal that now dominates our front lawn, that love has continued to blossom over the years. He is suitably soccer obsessed, much to the delight of his mother!


Last summer, Joel began training at FCBEscola here in Austin. This program is part of FC Barcelona, and in addition to the skills and techniques, the students learn the same methodology and values taught to international soccer champions.

Throughout this past year, Joel has shown himself to be a committed and crucial part of his team. The coaches have been extremely impressed with his attitude and his skills.

The Dream
As a result of his determination, development and, most importantly his attitude, Joel has been invited to attend a two-week training camp on the same fields that many of his idols train in Barcelona, Spain.

He will receive 20, 2-hour training sessions, methodology sessions, and will live, eat, and sleep as part of the FC Barcelona family in the players' residences. This is a huge opportunity for Joel and a dream come true. However, it comes at no small cost.

We Need Your Help
That's where you come in: Janet, Joel and I are asking for your help in raising some money to help him achieve this opportunity.  The funds raised will be used to pay for the cost of training at FC Barcelona's Headquarters, including Joel's housing and food, and his roundtrip flight from Austin to Barcelona. Any amount raised above our goal will go toward incidentals for Joel and then to help defray the additional costs of flight and hotel for me to accompany Joel on his adventure.

As a "thank you" for your contribution, we have set up some rewards  of goods and services at certain levels. (More details to follow)


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Mark Couvillion 
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