Eight aspiring young footballers have headed for London as part of the AirAsia QPR 2017 programme after they were selected at the AirAsia-QPR Coaching Clinic in 2016. Not only will they enjoy a unique training stint with Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR), they’ll also do some sightseeing.
The coaching clinics, held in four Asian countries, selected eight young footballers who flew out to London last week. They are currently participating in an intensive week long training course with QPR youth coaches until 5th March 2017, when they’ll play a friendly match against an invited team.
The AirAsia QPR 2017 Participants
- Two Malaysians – seventeen year olds Mohammad Alif Amzar Mohd Hisham, and Kengo Lee
- From Thailand – Parin Bunyalakha, 16, and Sathit Sisophakiri, 15, from Thailand
- From Indonesia – Ahludz Dzikri Fikri, 15, Hamsa Medari Lestaluhu, 14, and Muhammad Alfiqri, 16
- Li Te, 14, from China.
The boys were selected from over two hundred and fifty hopefuls aged 14 to 16 in the clinics conducted in Penang, Bangkok, Bandung, and Shenzhen. With all coming from warm climates, they will appreciate the winter attire they received on arrival. Their QPR training kit and AirAsia-QPR duffel bags came with Coaching Clinic jerseys and QPR gloves, jacket, pants and training sweats as well as AirAsia caps.
…. As we enter our fourth year, I am greatly encouraged to see the difference this clinic has made in the lives of young footballers in Asia, from Indonesia all the way to China. AirAsia Executive Chairman Kamarudin Meranun
Kamarudin Maranun expressed AirAsia’s commitment to ‘making everyone’s dream come true’, commenting that he was thrilled to be involved.
…. The young players will also get up close to the QPR culture and experience what it is like to be part of the QPR family, they will get the chance to learn from our first class coaching methods, experience the Loftus Road match day atmosphere and explore our fantastic city of London. On behalf of everyone at QPR, we are excited to welcome them to London for what will be a once in a lifetime experience. QPR Trust CEO Andy Evans
AirAsia is an official sponsor of QPR. We look forward to sharing news of next year’s later in the year. So all you young footballers – keep your eyes open for the announcement!