Two Hong Kong teenagers this summer will have the chance of a lifetime to experience the passion and excitement of the World Cup soccer tournament in France. They will be selected from this year's Coca-Cola Schools Soccer Stars Parade to serve as Hong Kong ambassadors in the roles of 'flag bearer' and 'ball kid'. The flag bearer will carry the flag of a competing country into the stadium before a game, while the ball kid will help referees retrieve balls during an actual World Cup match. The two teenagers also will have the chance to learn from Hong Kong football professionals. The Coca-Cola Schools Soccer Stars Parade is an annual event organised by the Hong Kong Sports Institute, the Hong Kong Football Association, the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation and Swire Coca-Cola. About 2,000 students participating in the event on April 4 (for primary schools) and April 18 (for secondary schools) at the Sports Institute will join clinics hosted by South China football team players. They also will go through rounds of challenges testing their soccer skills and knowledge, aptitude and foreign language skills needed to become football ambassadors. 'With this worldwide programme, we are thrilled to make this football dream come true for local young fans,' Hugh Inman, director and general manager of Swire Coca-Cola, said. The parade, which is being held for the ninth year, is expected to attract about 1,000 students each day. All participants will receive a two-hour formal training from South China players, qualified coaches and Hong Kong Sports Institute soccer scholarship programme athletes.