Eight standout young football talents, hand-picked by Queens Park Rangers’ (QPR) in the Community Trust coaches during the AirAsia-QPR Coaching Clinic Tour held last year throughout Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and China are currently at Loftus Road in London, as part of AirAsia’s continuous effort to empower youth through sports.
The eight football talents, selected from a total of 223 youth across the region were given a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to train at QPR’s Academy, meet the QPR first team as well as witness a live match between QPR and Derby County FC at Loftus Road Stadium.
AirAsia is the official shirt sponsor for QPR, and has been actively conducting outreach programs such as this football coaching clinic across the region to inspire and unearth local Asian football talents at the grassroots level, and to give back to the community it serves.
Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia Berhad said, “It is important for us to continue our efforts in empowering youth through sports. Asia is filled with so many talented young footballers, and all they need is the opportunity to shine. AirAsia is very happy to be part of their journey and in helping to inspire them to reach for their dreams. We would like to thank QPR in the Community Trust for their hard work and commitment in carrying out the coaching clinics across Asia, and we are sure that the over 200 participants from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and China have benefited greatly through this initiative.”
Andy Evans, CEO of QPR in the Community Trust said, “We’re delighted to welcome the winners to QPR. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them to see what life in London and at a professional football club is all about.
“It gives us great pleasure to be working with AirAsia once again, who we thank for their continued support. Both QPR and AirAsia are passionate about developing young talent and it’s brilliant that we can come together in this way.
“This is the programme’s third year and every year has been even bigger and better than before. Our coaches are still talking about their trip to Asia in December, and now it’s our turn to give the boys a once-in-a-lifetime experience they’ll never forget.”
All participants of the coaching clinic tour had the opportunity to enhance their skills and competency on the pitch, learning useful skills such as ball manipulation, passing and shooting techniques as well as other tactical aspects of the game from QPR in the Community Trust’s coaches.
The AirAsia-QPR Coaching Clinic Tour is a joint effort by AirAsia and QPR in the Community Trust which started in 2013, and has benefited nearly 1,000 youth across Asia; providing the young athletes with opportunities to learn from coaches linked to an English Championship club. The 2015 coaching clinic tour was led by QPR in the Community Trust’s Camp Director, Martino Chevannes; along with four other QPR coaches – Danny Edwards, Alfie Ferguson, Alex Gordon and Stephen McCarthy.
Follow the development of the eight winners through AirAsia’s social media channels on Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia) and Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia), and also keep an eye on www.qpr.co.uk for coverage throughout the week from 2nd – 8thMarch 2016.
AirAsia-QPR Coaching Clinic 2015 Winners
|Talent||Country||Coaching Clinic Dates|
|Thailand||8 December 2015 in Pattaya|
|Effan Putra Ibrahim
Nuruddin Irsyad Bin Samion
|Singapore||11 December 2015 in Singapore|
|Ariff Saufi Bin Abdullah
Sahthyswaran a/l Manoharn
|Malaysia||14 December 2015 in Shah Alam|
Wen Lin Hui
|China||19 December 2015 in Shanghai|