NagaWorld has been at the forefront in encouraging the development of sport in the kingdom. It has also kept a firm eye on grassroots football development in the hope of unearthing the next football star and providing vital football coaching to the kingdom’s youth.
Around 600 youths from 28 football teams in Kampong Speu province participated in the first Under-18 Football Mini Tournament organised by Nagaworld Kind Hearts.
After competing over four days, six among the 28 participating teams were awarded winners trophies and medals at a ceremony yesterday in the Kampong Speu provincial department of Education, Sport and Youth.
Hun Many, lawmaker and president of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia presided over the ceremony where he was joined by Pern Chen, NagaWorld managing director, Vei Samnang, provincial governor, government officials, NagaWorld staff, as well as hundreds of young footballers and students.
The tournament forms part of the Football Development Program in Kampong Speu province, a two-year initiative by NagaWorld Kind Hearts in collaboration with the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC), the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the Union of Youth Federation of Cambodia (UYFC).
The program seeks to nurture budding footballers at the grassroots level. In November last year, 120 physical education teachers from 94 secondary and high schools in Kampong Speu were trained through professional football coaching techniques by reigning Metfone C-League Champions NagaWorld FC.
Thorn Tharin, department director of Education, Youth and Sport at Kampong Speu province said that all 28 teams, comprised of 19 boys and 9 girls teams participated in the U18 Football Mini Tournament held at Kampong Speu’s Department of Education, Youth and Sport field between January 28 and January 31.
“In the boy’s category, Kampong Speu High School received the title of number one, Hun Sen Phnom Sroch High School came second and Vealpong High School third,” Mr Tharin said. “In the girl’s category, Hun Sen Anlong Chrey High School took top honours, followed by Chea Sim Oral High School and Vealpong High School in second and third place respectively.”
Mr Tharin said that on behalf of himself, and the department of education, youth and sport in Kampong Speu province, he thanked Hun Many, lawmaker and president of UYFC, the provincial government, and NagaWorld for attending to the sports sector in Kampong Speu province.
FFC deputy general secretary May Tola, as a representative of General Sao Sokha, FFC’s president and commander of National Military Police, also lauded the initiative.
“I joined today to admire this pioneering program which will help improve the standard of football in Kampong Speu and as a whole benefit the football sector in Cambodia,” said Mr Tola.
Mr. Chen, NagaWorld managing director, said that sporting development is one of the 4 main pillars of NagaWorld’s Kind Hearts’ initiatives.
“We aim to develop sport programs for the communities and encourage youth participation in physical activities, helping to foster teamwork friendship and leadership skill among them,” said Mr. Chen. “We also wish to develop the potential of aspiring footballers and improve their abilities to give them more confidence to perform better both on and off the pitch.”
Mr. Many added that he expressed his support for NagaWorld’s youth programs and asked all youths and the people join and support this program together.
“I think that the relationship between NagaWorld and Kampong Speu province for a long term in the future,” said Mr. Many.
He said that in the plan, they can recruit U13 and U17 to train football in Bangkok, Thailand in the future but under the condition that all students must work hard to train in football but also do not forget to study.
“We want to see the people in Kampong Speu province participate in Cambodian national football Team at the SEA Games in 2023,” Mr. Many said. “All youth need to work hard by their own selves.”
NagaWorld Kind Hearts was formed in March 2014 by employees with NagaWorld’s full support to promote volunteerism towards Corporate Social Responsibility programmes focusing on 4 key pillars: Education Enhancement, Community Engagement, Sports Development and Environmental Care. At present, over 160,000 Cambodians have benefitted through these programmes.