| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 6 Dec 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Thirty-two children from Malaysia, Singapore and Phillipines met in Kuala Lumpur yesterday for their pre-Barcelona trip. This would be their last meeting in Malaysia before flying off to Barcelona for an intensive 10 day football training under the guidance football school FCB Escola.
Among them is 11-year old Asheesh Kaur from Malaysia.
The children, aged between 10 to 12 years, were selected for the Kem Bola Astro a programme organised by Astro Kasih, the corporate social responsibility arm of Malaysia-based integrated consumer media entertainment group Astro, and 1MCC Sports Sdn Bhd.
Asheesh is one of the budding footballers selected for the Overseas Kem Bola Astro Training in Barcelona, Spain. She plays defender for the Supergirls, an all-girls club run by the Subang Jaya Community Sports Club (SJCSC). Three other girls from the club also made the cut.
“I hope Messi comes over to our training ground,” Asheesh tells Asia Samachar.
Asheesh is enthralled by the rags-to-riches story of Lionel Messi, the Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Barcelona.
She is also looking forward to immersing herself in the new culture and learn ways to avoid getting injured on the field.
The 32 budding footballers were made to participate football clinics prior to making the cut for the overseas professional football training. They were selected out of thousands of hopefuls who showed up for the Kem Bola audition which had been running its football clinics throughout Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore since April 2016.
Phase 2 of the programme saw 72 children selected for an intensive five-day residential in September 2016 in Kuala Lumpur. Asheesh’s younger sister, Kanchen Kaur, made it this far.
They were coached by three professional coaches from FCB Escola, Spain, who had a hand in picking the lucky 32 for the final phase of this programme.
After their three days pre-Barcelona camp in Kuala Lumpur, these young budding footballers will take part in an immersive exchange programme which include training under the local academy coaches, attending a live professional football match as well as a series of friendly matches against local youth sides, in Barcelona, Spain in December.
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