MY WORLD FC, which fielded a team in the Football Association of Selangor league, launched the academy to train past and present students of SJK (T) Mak Mandin at the MPSP Sports Complex in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
The students, who are divided into Under-9, Under-12 and Under-18 categories, will attend twice-weekly training sessions and compete in tournaments under the My World banner.
The club is working closely with SJK (T) Mak Mandin and ex-players of the Butterworth Recreation Club (BRC) to make the academy project a success.
The school is the first outside the Klang Valley to be earmarked for My World FC’s football academy project.
Since 2013, the club has set up football academies at SJK (T) Bestari Jaya in Batang Berjuntai, SJK (T) Vageesar in Kuala Selangor, SJK (T) Saraswathy in Kuala Lumpur and SJK (T) Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi in Sepang.
“We are excited to team up with SJK (T) Mak Mandin and BRC veterans for our first football academy project outside Selangor and Kuala Lumpur,” said My World FC youth development programme director Kumaran Velu.
“The school authorities were very supportive when My World approached them with the proposal.
Tanasekharan (centre, dark blue T-shirt) and Velu (squatting, left) posing for a group photo prior to the friendly match between the My World academy and BRC Veterans teams at the MPSP Sports Complex in Bukit Mertajam.
“The BRC veterans will help us with the training of the kids. There will be seven coaches under our project at the school.
“We have plans to enter the My World teams in the league and invitational age-group competitions in Penang.
“We are also planning to launch two more academies in Kuala Kangsar (Perak) and Kapar (Selangor).”
Kumaran explained that the main objective of the academies was to provide young players, especially the needy, with the opportunity to receive proper basic training in football.
“My World FC wants to contribute to football in the country. It will be great if we are able to produce talented players who can go on to play at a higher level.
“We also hope to promote an active lifestyle for the youngsters and keep them away from undesirable activities.”
About 50 trainees turned up for the recent launch of the academy by Bagan Dalam assemblyman A. Tanasekharan.
Following a two-hour training session by the academy coaches, the trainees took on the BRC veterans in a friendly match.
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