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Phnom Penh, 21 June 2019 – A total of 24 children have been selected by English Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (“Spurs”) to receive scholarships to a world-class training programme at the Elite Football Camp in Phuket, Thailand, organised by AIA (Cambodia) Life Insurance Plc (“AIA Cambodia”). The 6-day training programme, set to begin on 28 July 2019 at the Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, was organised by AIA Cambodia, aiming to help children develop healthy lifestyle habits while providing them with the opportunity to access world-class football facilities and coaching.
Cambodian parents protected by AIA from between 15 March to 31 May 2019 were offered the opportunity for their child to attend an evaluation session run by Spurs coaches at AIA Stadium on 08 June 2019. The goal of the evaluation session was to identify the children with the highest level of footballing ability and discipline. AIA Cambodia also organised 4 pre-evaluation sessions open to all eligible children free of charge to help them develop their skills and boost their chances of being selected.
Spurs Coach Anton Blackwood said: “It was encouraging to see the level of talent from the kids at the evaluation session, which made our decision extremely hard as there was only a limited number of scholarships available. We are confident that we have now chosen a group of kids with real potential that we can help develop when we begin the full training programme in Phuket next month.”
The training programme will be run by Spurs’ International Development Coaches with the aim of developing the children’s footballing skills and fitness through drills and matches. There will also be specialist training in developing personality along with lessons and practical dietary arrangement for optimum nutrition. The entire scholarship programme is fully financed by AIA Cambodia.
AIA is the Global Principal Partner of Tottenham Hotspur, a leading football club in the English Premier League that recently reached the final of the prestigious Champions League football tournament. As part of this partnership, Spurs have permanently based two of their elite-level coaching staff within Asia to assist AIA in helping young people to develop their interest in football. Together, the two sides have organised a variety of football initiatives that have helped thousands of kids and adults in Cambodia live healthier, longer and better lives.
AIA management’s Pauline Teoh said: “We are excited that, through our partnership with a global footballing powerhouse like Tottenham Hotspur, we can provide local children access to world-class training opportunities. We hope this initiative will have a significant impact upon the future of football in Cambodia while helping to spread our core message about how exercise is fundamental to a healthier lifestyle.”