Thursday, October 25, 2012

Engaging the community

Whilst I am still scratching my head at the blase fashion in which the football federation completely mismanage Cambodian football, Phnom Penh Crown are continuing their involvement in grassroots football and youth development. Part of the club's ongoing strategic plans are to actively involve the community as much as possible and with new head coach Sam Schweingruber on board, that will happen sooner rather than later. In fact, the club is pitching in straightaway with a Festival of Football on Monday 29th October for children, both boys and girls, aged between 8-12. The afternoon (2-5pm) festival will take place on a public holiday and all the nearby schools have been invited to join the festivities at Crown's RSN Stadium in Tuol Kork. The idea is to welcome anyone that wants to play, they are looking for around 200 kids to come along, and that there will be skill and game stations which the children rotate around in random teams. A combination of fun and football. The Crown first-team squad will be taking part, they'll be in charge of the skill and game stations, whilst the Cambodian U-15 Girls national team squad will be there too, to help things run smoothly. It promises to be a great day out for everyone concerned, with the focus purely on having fun with football. This is just one type of community activity event that Crown will incorporate into their fan and community engagement plans for the future, building foundations with the local population and encouraging young children to be as passionate about football as we are.

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