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HKFA “Football for Friendship” online programme Helping local youth players make continuous improve 2020-12-28

The pandemic that has hit Hong Kong in recent months and many football activities need to be postponed, yet the Hong Kong Football Association has provided different online football programmes for different coaches and players. The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) collaborated with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to organize an online programme titled “Football for Friendship”. More than two-hundred boys and girls participated in the engaging online activities to further promote cultural and knowledge exchange between coaches and young players from both Hong Kong and Malaysia.

There are four lessons in online programme. With the aim to use football as a medium to connect children between Hong Kong and Malaysia, coaches of two places taught about the football culture and knowledge to the U10 and U12 young girls' development / national teams and the boys' district team players, shared their lives under the pandemic through online as well as to improve techniques by using the Train Effective App to help local young players to maintain their enthusiasm and continuous improvement during the shutdown period so that they are well prepared when training resumes.

HKFA’s Technical Director, Thorlakur ARNASON mentioned: “It’s an honor for the HKFA and the FAM have lined up together for this online project. We organized this project is not only to increase or keep the interest in football for children, but also to let them make new friends online during these difficult times. The COVID-19 reminds us of the important things in life Football for sure is one of them as well as our relationship with family and friends. I hope this programme cements the cooperation between our two Associations and we look forward to working together over the next few years.”

Moreover, HKFA selected two young national team players Natalie LAM and Henry CHUNG to participate the "Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship" online programme organized by Gazprom. A special digital platform united the 224 participants as Young Players and Young Coaches from more than 100 countries and the online programme had a unique opportunity to find new friends from different countries, improve their football skills and find useful connections. Natalie LAM won a skills challenge award in the "STADIUM IS WHERE I AM" with excellent ball control skills under the guidance of former Arsenal star Robert Pires and former Liverpool star Luis García among the participants.

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