Tue, 08 Mar 2005

Cathay Pacific to Take Hong Kong's Top Young Soccer Players to Manchester United

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's top schoolboy soccer player, picked from 600 contenders in the Cathay Pacific sponsored Manchester United Soccer School, was announced today at a Hong Kong Football Club ceremony.

Tam Lok Hin was ranked number-one in the 12 to 15 years age group on basis of skills tests, which included short passing, lofted passing, dribbling, control and shooting.

Cathay Pacific will send Tam Lok Hin, and the winner of the 8 to 11 years category, who will be named later this week, to the club's 2005 Grand Skills Final in Manchester to compete against Manchester United Soccer Schools skills winners from around the world.

Both players will travel with a parent and have the opportunity to attend a Premiership game at Old Trafford.

More than 600 young players took part in the Cathay Pacific sponsored school, which ran from October 2004 through March 2005. Cathay Pacific awarded scholarships to 50 talented players otherwise unable to meet the school's fees.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Marketing Charlie Stewart-Cox said: “Cathay Pacific is proud to send these talented players to represent Hong Kong in Manchester and wish the lads the best of luck against other kids from around the world. As Hong Kong's airline it has been a delight for us to sponsor the Manchester United Soccer School, and give our school kids exposure to training from one of the world's top clubs a chance to develop their skills.”

David Rouse, Manchester United Soccer Schools, Coaching Director in Hong Kong, “This has been a fantastic first season for Manchester United Soccer Schools in Hong Kong. The response from the children over the last 20 weeks has been outstanding, and all of the coaches are very impressed with the improvements that all of our students have made. It is sad that this season is coming to a close, but we are already looking forward to returning next season. We would like to thank all the students for their hard work and enthusiasm and wish our two skills winners good luck for the grand skills final later this season.”

Chairman of ProEvents, Mr. Paul J Kam said, “We are pleased to see the first year of MUSS in Hong Kong was a big success with more than 600 children learning to play and improve their football skill through such a high quality coaching from MUSS.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank our presenting sponsor and official airline, Cathay Pacific Airways for their full supports. Through the Cathay Pacific Scholarship, more than 50 young players were able to learn and play football in Manchester United way. We are also grateful to and appreciate the supports received from Hong Kong Football Club through out the entire six-month course.”

About Manchester United Soccer School Hong Kong

Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS) based at Old Trafford, has been in operation since 1999, MUSS launched classes last September with sponsorship by Cathay Pacific. MUSS Hong Kong provides the opportunity for young soccer players in Hong Kong to work with coaches from one of the biggest football clubs in the world. Two MUSS Coaching Directors and three assistant coaches will coach boys and girls from the age of 8-15 years old.

As well as receiving expert coaching, children will have their progress monitored regularly by specially adapted skills tests. At the end of each course, each participant will receive a certificate and a personalized coaching assessment. The programme is directed towards improving fundamental football skills with much emphasis on enjoyment and personal achievement.

Courses are 20 weeks in duration (1 session per week) with each participant playing in a group of around 20 other children of the same age.

The MUSS Hong Kong is operated by ProEvents Management Limited.


Ms Vicky Ho
Project Executive
Tel: 2314 2114

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