Fri, 14 Jul 2006

Manchester United Soccer Schools Goes into the Hong Kong Community

HONG KONG - Recently, the Manchester United Soccer Schools visited some local schools in Hong Kong.

The MUSS Director of Coaching in Hong Kong, Tony Byrne, was delighted to be able to go into a select group of schools to talk about the philosophy of Manchester United Soccer Schools, field questions from the eager students, as well as being able to conduct some coaching clinics for some of the students.

"The response from the students has been fantastic," he said. "You can see how much they love football and they have obviously been even more excited in recent weeks with the World Cup games taking place."

MUSS have always believed strongly that football can teach individuals not only to express themselves on the pitch, but also to learn life lessons and develop character that will lead to success off the field too. The MUSS Code of Conduct that players attending MUSS courses follow looks at how important 'Attitude', 'Behaviour', 'Communication', 'Discipline', 'Enthusiasm' and 'Fair Play' are in becoming a more confident individual in all areas of life.

"It's great for us to be able to go into the community and the schools here in Hong Kong because we firmly believe in the growth of each individual, not only as a football player, but also as a person," said Tony.

"Our coaching philosophy and Code of Conduct underlines how important it is for students to work hard, to test themselves and to be dedicated to reaching their own level of potential. All of these beliefs can be applied to school work, other sports or extra-curricula activities so it is great for us to be able to communicate these messages to all students, whether they play football or not."

Amongst the first group of schools to welcome MUSS into their classrooms were St. Paul's College (Western District), St. Francis Xavier's (Tsuen Wan) and Christ's College (Shatin). In each of the schools a group of players were given a coaching session that touched on a selection of skills that are delivered on MUSS courses throughout the world, giving the lucky students a taste of what it's like to play the 'United Way'.

The players were taken through a warm up with some speed and agility work to sharpen up their footwork. They then turned their attentions to some ball manipulation skills, with the emphasis placed on improving touch, technique and learning a few turns to beat defenders.

Throughout the sessions the players were under the spotlight as they demonstrated their skills in front of classmates encouraging from the sidelines.

With the MUSS program now entering its third year in Hong Kong, the school visits are another exciting way for Manchester United to show its commitment to being part of the local community for the long term.

With more community visits scheduled to take place throughout the year one thing is sure, the relationship between one of the world's greatest football clubs and the people of Hong Kong will continue to grow for a long time to come.

For further information, please contact:

Ms Vicky Ho
Project Manager
Tel: 852 2314 2114

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