Bangkok, 29 November 2016 – AirAsia, as an official sponsor of the Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR), has flown the team’s staff coaches to Thailand for AirAsia QPR Coaching Clinic Tour 2016, the third training clinic event. The event today gathered over 50 promising 15 to16 year-old footballers for a qualifier at Grand Soccer Pro on Kasetnawamintr Road. Two of the players were selected for the opportunity to fly to the United Kingdom next year for training at QPR Club alongside representatives from other Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and China.
Mr. Soo Sann Yin, Assistant Manager of Corporate Communications for Special Events and Sports at Thai AirAsia, elaborated that AirAsia QPR Coaching Clinic Tour 2016 is the third round of the annual event and sees AirAsia flying QPR staff coaches from the UK to Thailand to pass on their knowledge and skills to Thailand’s budding footballers, providing them with a challenging but rewarding experience.
“The past 2 years of the event selected Thai youths to join QPR’s training camp in the UK but also saw Thailand’s representatives being lauded for their spirit and potential. The selected athletes themselves described the experience as very rewarding. This year’s event saw young players from 9 clubs; Korat FC, SCG Muang Thong United, Buriram United, Port FC, Bangkok Glass, Chainat FC, Chonburi FC, Airforce United and Bangkok United, totaling around 50 individuals across all positions, from front and center fielders to back fielders and goalies, showing their talents to win the 2 spots in QPR’s training camp next year”.
Apart from Thailand, AirAsia Group also organized the clinic in Penang of Malaysia and Bandung of Indonesia with a final session to be held in Shenzhen of China.
Mr. Andy Evans, CEO of QPR Trust, remarked that both previous clinics were a memorable experience for his team and that QPR has a clear goal of fostering and inspiring Asia’s promising football enthusiasts, seeing football as a universal medium for connection.
“Such a great activity would not be possible without partners like AirAsia who initiated the clinic and have supported it in so many ways. We are confident the young players taking part in AirAsia QPR Coaching Clinic Tour 2016 will have a wonderful experience and it also gives QPR the opportunity to add promising players to the world of football”.
The two young Thai footballers selected from the latest clinic are Mr. Parin Bunyalakha, 15, from AirForce United and Mr. Sathit Sisophakiri, 15, from Chainat FC. Both will continue to the AirAsia QPR Coaching Clinic Tour 2016 at Queens Park Rangers’ own club in the United Kingdom early next year.