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Celtic coaches lined up to train Cambodians

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Elite Soccer Coaching, a Cambodian grassroots football coaching organisation, has teamed up with one of European footballs most celebrated clubs, Celtic, to help bring over two of their most senior coaches.

Celtic’s International Academy veterans Paul-John Corr and Ex-Professional Player Graham Diamond hold UEFA Pro Licence and UEFA A Licence qualifications respectively and have worked at all levels of football in the UK.

They arrived in Cambodia on Tuesday and are sharing their knowledge and expertise for a CSR project named “Football For Change”.

“We’re very proud to say we are holding a free two-day open training session for kids, youths and adults at the National Olympic Stadium here in Phnom Penh,” said co-organiser Christopher Grant. “As well as working with three professional football clubs in Cambodia to provide sessions for senior and academy teams, they will also provide coaching, education and technical support to the coaching staff at each respective club.”

Over the course of the almost week-long event, organisers will also be providing sessions for underprivileged children at Indochina Starfish Foundation, one of Cambodia’s leaders in football programmes for underprivileged children, serving an estimated 3,800 children and young people.

The coaches are also set to meet with the Football Federation of Cambodia to provide sessions to the under-15s and under-17s, and coach education opportunities to their staff, along with some technical support and advice for a number of Metfone C-League clubs.

Supported by the British Embassy and the British Chamber of Commerce, and garnering sponsorship from numerous Cambodia-based companies, Mr Grant and his team hope the success of the project will lead to an expansion of the Football For Change partnership with Celtic in the future.

Male and female players interested in taking part in the open training sessions on Saturday and Sunday are requested to contact the hotline on (070) 903 007.

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