Samsung-Chelsea Brings Joy and Priceless Football Experience to Malaysian Children

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In conjunction with Chelsea Football Club’s Here to Play Here to Stay Asia Tour 2013, Samsung and Chelsea FC have teamed up once again to bring the youth football camp to Malaysian children.

This is the fourth edition of the Samsung-Chelsea youth football camp and I’ve been to the last two, all I can say that these children aged nine to 13 from Yayasan Sunbeams Home and Royal Selangor Club is definitely having a great time with the Chelsea youth coaches.

This year, the youth football camp is held, yet again at Chelsea’s Blue Pitch in Damansara Damai, 60 participants learned the tricks of the trade from Chelsea Foundation coaches who have been following the first-team on tour.

Kudos to Samsung and Chelsea FC for making this event a great success.  Most importantly, the kids get to have fun and learn from the best. I hope to see more of such youth football camps in the near future to help develop our grassroots football in Malaysia.

AFC Midnight Football Boys Training with Chelsea Stars

Chelsea FC was in Malaysia for their Chelsea Asia Tour 2011 and the AFC Midnight Football boys had a chance to participate in various coaching sessions carried out by Chelsea Foundation coaches on the Blue Pitch that has been installed in Damansara Damai.

The Blue Pitch (or to be accurate two pitches side-by-side, one astroturf and one a harder surface) are similar to ones already installed by Chelsea in the London area and in Hong Kong. They provide an all-year-long, all-weather facility for local players who may not have had a proper surface to play on before. At the Chelsea Foundation sessions it was young people benefitting with an emphasis on social inclusion.

Five iconic Chelsea star players, Ashley Cole, Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou, Daniel Sturridge and Patrick van Aanholt visited the facility today with huge media turnout. The stars were there to train with the boys and as usual, crowded by media for interviews and photo opportunities.

Solomon Kalou training with the MF boys.
Anelka showing his move
Daniel Strurridge with the MF boys
Ashley Cole gets a piece of action.
Ashley is looking happy here. Perhaps happier than Cheryl now.
Group photo with the kids that participate the football clinic.

 

Chelsea FC at AFC House

Staff  of the Asian Football Confederation had a real treat today at the AFC House when the Chelsea FC paid a special visit to the AFC House, Home of Asian Football. The last time Chelsea FC visited AFC House was back in 2008.

Chelsea FC which is also the continental football body’s partner in the AFC Vision Asia-Chelsea FC Partnership has always had a good relation with Asia’s football governing body. A delegation that consists of Ron Gourlay, Chief Executive of Chelsea FC, team captain John Terry, rising young star Josh McEachran and members of the administrative team spent more than an hour at AFC House signing autographs and taking photos.


AFC General Secretary, Mr Alex Soosay(L) having a chat with Josh McEachran, John Terry and Ron Gourlay.


Captain John Terry (C), Josh McEachran (L) and Ron Gourlay (R) sharing a light moment at AFC House.


Ron Gourlay(2R) drawing the lucky winner for AFC Staff.


One of the lucky winner is none other than Mr. Steven Ng’nga! He deserves the ticket because he’s my pal and it’s his birthday today.


Josh, John and Ron taking group photos with AFC staff and members of family.


Ken Shellito (Chelsea FC ex-Player/Manager), Ron Gourlay (CEO Chelsea FC) & me


Took an opportunity to take a photo with Chelsea FC’s photographer, Darren Walsh.


My nephew Tony is a big fan of Chelsea FC. So here’s a photo of my sis-in-law, my niece Sylvie and Tony with Josh and John.

Chelsea FC is due to play a match against the Malaysian selection team on Thursday in Stadium Bukit Jalil and as usual, I’m left out from any photo opportunity with John and Josh. Well ok, not really. I need to get the photo from my colleague. Will update :)

Updated:

Finally got my picture with Chelsea young star Josh McEachran and team captain John Terry.

Samsung Chelsea Asia Tour 2008 – Malaysia vs Chelsea FC

The match between Malaysia and Chelsea FC did not turn out to be as exciting as I expected. Nevertheless, Chelsea FC and their fans did rocked stadium Shah Alam on the 29th July 2008.

It was a big night for the Malaysian team as they go head to head with the English club giant, Chelsea FC during their Samsung Chelsea Asia Tour to Malaysia. The event was jointly organised by FAM and ProEvents.

Getting to the stadium was quite a hassle, especially when the traffic starts building up from the Subang toll all the way to the stadium. By the time I reached the stadium, it was already crowded with fans dressed up in blue and yellow and the entrance queue was exceptionally long. It was definitely more happening at that time than during the AFC Asian Cup back in July 2007.

The game kicks off on time and here are the photos:

It was quite a surprise to see the stadium almost filled up. I got the opportunity to be on the field and be on the front seat to watch the match, behind a camera :)

For those who really wants know how it’s like, watching football at the corner of the field. Here’s how it looks like. Click on the photo below for bigger view.

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Training with the Blues.

Chelsea FC is here in Malaysia as part of their Asian Tour. I got the opportunity to see them train at the Shah Alam Stadium the day before the actual match, which will be on the 29th July 2008.

Even though it was a training session for the Blues, the stadium was crowded with fans all dressed up in blue. It was already quite crowded when I got there around 6.30pm.

Although not the entire squad shown up on this tour but it was good enough with some of their iconic players such as captain John Terry, Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack, Petr Cech, Joe Cole, Andriv Shevchenko, Malouda and many more to get their fans screaming and shouting.

I was with my colleague and we managed to get a photo opportunity with Michael Ballack. Too bad I’m the cameraman, I can’t be in the picture :(

Now DO NOT be mistaken, I’m NOT a Chelsea fan. I’m still cheering for Man U for now.

I’m there not to meet the players, but a hero from the 2002 World Cup, Brazilian coach Luis Felipe Scolari.

He led the Brazilian national team (which is also my favourite national team) to victory in the 2002 World Cup. He was also the head coach of the Portuguese national team between 2003 and 2008 taking them to the final of Euro 2004 and fourth place at the 2006 World Cup.

While the rest are pushing around trying hard to snap photos with the players, I took my time taking a photo opportunity with one of my favourite coach, Luis Felipe Scolari.

Will be posting more photos from tonight’s match. See ya!

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