Three months ago, a taste of life at a Premier League soccer club was a distant dream for 19-year-old right-winger Chris Lai Tze-fung. But this week, Lai (pictured) and fellow footballers Lee Ka-yiu, 18, and Chan Sze-chun, 29, will head off to Britain for three weeks' practice with Birmingham City's youth training academy. The players are living their dream thanks to the RTHK reality television show A Kick to Success. After eight weeks of training and a rigorous selection process presided over by Birmingham's academy coach Julez Broomes, the trio were singled out from an initial bunch of 182 Hong Kong players. But success didn't come easily. The players struggled not only to score goals, but to balance their football with work and study commitments. Lai had a particularly hard time - his girlfriend broke up with him while he was competing for a place among the last 25 finalists. 'She said it was silly of me to dream big. I think my boarding pass to Birmingham proves to her that nothing is impossible,' Lai said. 'Anyone who loves football dreams of becoming a professional player. I don't think success is so out of reach. It depends on how much you want it.' The players' sweat and tears were captured by RTHK for the series, which began airing last week and will run until September 15. To catch the show, tune into ATV Home on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 7.30pm.