Eight promising footballers from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and China are undergoing an intensive one-week training course with Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR) youth coaches in London.
They were flown in by AirAsia on 26 February and will stay on till 5 March 2017. Their training will culminate in a friendly match against an invited team.
The selected youths are Mohammad Alif Amzar Mohd Hisham, 17, and Kengo Lee, 17, from Malaysia, Parin Bunyalakha, 16, and Sathit Sisophakiri, 15, from Thailand, Ahludz Dzikri Fikri, 15, Hamsa Medari Lestaluhu, 14, and Muhammad Alfiqri, 16, from Indonesia and Li Te, 14, from China.
On arrival in London, the eight youths received a full QPR training kit and winter attire upon arrival, including AirAsia-QPR Coaching Clinic jerseys and duffel bags, QPR gloves, jacket, pants and training sweats as well as AirAsia caps.
They toured the QPR club’s Loftus Road home stadium and academy, will meet the first team players and coaches, and be introduced to QPR fans on match day.
This is AirAsia’s effort to hone the skills of footballers from Asia. The young players were selected from among winners late last year during the annual AirAsia-QPR Coaching Clinic, a joint effort by AirAsia and QPR in the Community Trust to provide a platform for local talents to hone their skills.
The coaching clinic consisted of four full-day sessions run by QPR team coaches between 23 November and 3 December 2016 in Penang in Malaysia; Bangkok (Thailand); Bandung (Indonesia) and Shenzhen (China) with approximately 260 athletes aged 14 to 16.
Lessons included ball manipulation techniques, passing and shooting, a nutrition workshop and other tactical aspects of football, all to enhance their skills and competency on the pitch.