Friday, January 27, 2012

Grassroots struggle

Equity Weekly is a current affairs television show that is part of a UN and government initiative to promote a culture of democracy in Cambodia. The show is 40 minutes long, weekly, and broadcast on TVK on Sundays at 8pm. This part of a recent programme focuses on grassroots football in the country, and specifically the lack of football pitches. Bouy Dary has a few words to say about the Phnom Penh Crown ground but the main sticking point is the lack of co-operation between the appropriate government ministry and Cambodia's football federation. Without a cohesive development plan geared to providing schools with suitable facilities, grassroots football in this country will continue to lag behind its neighbours. It sounds like everyone is simply waiting for wealthy sponsors to suddenly appear and kickstart a plan into action - which obviously isn't going to happen unless some people get off their butts and do the legwork.

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