Phnom Penh Crown, in cooperation with leading ASEAN business conglomerate SCG Brand, organised a Kick & Share youth soccer clinic at its RSN stadium yesterday ahead of the clubs’ Metfone C-League matchup against National Police.
The event, led by Crown’s Brazilian Academy Goalkeeper Coach Luis Fernando Vitorino, focused on sharing experiences and imparting general football knowledge to hundreds of young football players under 15 years old.
Vitorino is the brother of former Cambodian national team coach Leonardo Vitorino and was also part of his brother’s set-up with the national team. After Leonardo Vitorino parted company with the national team, Luis returned to take up a coaching role at Crown.
Around 300 students took part in a training session alongside top Cambodian players – Orn Chanpolin, Seut Baraing and Ouk Sovann.
SCG has long supported the development of Cambodia’s future football stars, as well as helping to encourage young people across the country to spend their free time engaged in positive activities.
“Today’s event represents our commitment and passion to be a good corporate citizen in communities where we operate, by increasing opportunities for Cambodian children who are interested in enhancing their football talents and hopefully reach their dream of playing professional footballer,” said Mr. Varut Techasupatkul, Branding and Marketing Manager of SCG.
Coaches and players from the club provided tips and techniques for the attending children. After the training, SCG donated football equipment to the participants to help them practice their new skills in their free time.
SCG has run the ‘Kick and Share’ football training sessions for several years, with hundreds of students from many parts of Cambodia, including Phnom Penh, and Svay Rieng and Kampot provinces, benefiting from the coaching sessions. The sessions complement SCG’s education work, which has provided more than 800 scholarships to Cambodian children through SCG’s “Sharing the Dream” scholarship program.
The firm provides a number of support programs for developing football in Cambodia, such as sponsoring the Cambodian National Football Team, and arranging friendly match between SCG’s K-Cement All Stars – an assembly of Cambodia League star players – and leading Thai professional football club SCG Muangthong United.
In 2017, football stars from SCG Muangthong United took time out of their busy schedule to train hundreds of young Cambodian players at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh as part of their ASEAN Tour.
Crown, the kingdom’s most successful domestic club side, has long been a leader in developing Cambodia’s young football players. Seven Crown players were with the Cambodia Under-21 national team in Brunei for the Hassanal Bolkiah Youth Championships where they lost 1-0 in the final to Timor Leste.
Crown also signed up seven players from the club’s Under-17 Academy squad to Youth Training Agreements. The contracts allow the youngsters to train with the first-team squad.
Several of the club’s academy youngsters have stepped up to graduate to the senior squad and are first team regulars.