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HOW MARCUS LEES IS CHANGING FOOTBALL CULTURE IN NEW BRUNSWICK


Marcus Lees never wanted to compete.When Lees was nine years old, as a rep player for the Brampton Bullets, all he wanted was to have more time with a ball in between his feet, and he didn’t really care where he got it.“I didn’t even know what rep was,” Lees said. “My dad just said ‘Okay you’re going to go play with this team now.’”Standing at five-foot-four at the height of his teen years, all Lees, a midfielder, knew was that his best chance at making his teams’ starting 11 on matchday — and getting more touches on the ball — was to focus on improving his technical abilities, so he could outsmart, rather than outmuscle, his opponents.Despite his naiveté, Lees’ personal development program paid off. At 13, Lees earned a spot on the Ontario Provincial team’s U14 side. One year later, assistant coach Armandinho Manjate sent Lees on trial in Brazil, where he was accepted into Fluminense’s world-renowned youth academy.From Fluminense, Lees eventually followed his passions to Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he became one of the most decorated players to suit up for the University of New Brunswick. Now, Lees, 26, is still there today as the founder of his very own youth football academy — ML Football Academy.His training philosophy? Young players don’t need to compete — they need to learn to love the process of improvement. It’s a philosophy, and culture shift, Lees knows, from experience, works — and could be the solution to improving the quality of football players coming out of the city.

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