She made it! Twelve year old Kanchen Kaur, an enthusiastic girl footballer from Malaysia, has been selected to join a football training session in Barcelona.
Kanchen was selected along 31 other budding footballers from the Kem Bola Astro for the all-paid football coaching trip to Spain.
Last year, her sister Asheesh Kaur, now 13 years old, was selected for the coaching trip to FCB Escola in Barcelona.
During the selection stage, both sisters were among the final 72 players from Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore of the campaign organised by Malaysian-based satellite television provider Astro.
After not making it the year before, Kanchen had came back to the selection with gutso. It showed. She bagged “The Most Improved Player” award during the second phase of the Astro Kem Bola in August 2017.
“Failing the first time was painful. I really wanted to travel with my sister to Barcelona. But with her help and guidance, I felt more confident. I’m glad all our hard work had paid off and I get to experience everything my sister did,” Kanchen told Asia Samachar at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport before leaving last night.
Astro Kem Bola is organised by Astro Kasih, the corporate social responsibility arm of Astro, and 1MCC Sports Sdn Bhd.
The participants will take part in an immersive exchange programme which includes training under the local academy coaches, attending a live professional football match as well as a series of friendly matches against local youth sides.
To date, over 11,000 children have participated in the programme since its inception in 2012. In the past, the Overseas Training Programmes were held with clubs like Cardiff City Football Club and West Ham United Football Club.
Since 2016, the programme moved to FCB Escola in Barcelona. This would be the second group traveling to the football academy for their 10 days football camp.
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