Dreams come true

ARMIDALE’S Lauren Rouse Upjohn has been signed with the German football club Bundesliga on a recent football tour to Europe.

Rouse Upjohn plays for Joeys FC United in the women’s Premier League and after being voted best player at the 2011 Joeys mini world cup, she was awarded a five week trip to travel Germany with the Joeys Football Academy, Socceroo and World Cup Coach Rale Rasic.

The trip saw the nineteen-year old play in a number of tournaments where she displayed her finely tuned skills and impressed a number of German coachs

Following a tournament in Germany, the Bundesliga Club’s coaches selected Rouse Upjohn as part of their Bundes Liga team.

Rouse Upjohn will now take to the football field to play against some of the best players in German and international football.

Following the signing with the German club, it has paved the way for the Armidale youngster to be considered for teams in professional football.

Rouse Upjohn has been in Germany for the last two months and in addition to playing football the Bundesliga Club is providing assistance with university education where she will study graphic design.

While the level of competition Rouse Upjohn will now face is a big step up from the local Women’s Premier League, she said she would not be in this position without the Armidale competition.

“With the start of the women’s Premier League in Armidale by Heinrich Haussler it has created a great opportunity for the women in the country to show everyone what they have to offer,” she said.

If it weren’t for Haussler, I would not be here in Germany with the opportunities of a lifetime,” she said.

“Signing with the Bundes Liga Club and staying in Germany has gone beyond my wildest dreams.”

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