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The Allianz team, comprising employees and the AJFC boys, in a group picture after the match.
Allianz Malaysia organised the final Legacy Programme for young football talents of Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC) 2013 recently at the Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur.
This is the third such programme held in five months since September last year, which brought back the top boys who were shortlisted at the selection matches held in Kuantan and Kuala Lumpur in June last year.
The Legacy programme is a continuity programme from the Allianz Junior Football Camp which Allianz Malaysia has been a part of.
“The Legacy Programme acts as a platform to reach out to aspiring footballers to grow and further develop their skills.
“Through this programme, these boys can pursue their dreams and ambition of becoming professional football players. This is our continuous effort to promote the skills of these talented boys,” said Allianz Malaysia Berhad CEO Jens Reisch.
The first Legacy Programme was held at Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur in September last year while the second one was held at the Victoria Institution in December.
One of the AJFC finalists heading the ball away during the match against team Allianz.
Both these programmes started with a 15-minute warm-up session, which was followed by coaching on football techniques including ball control, passing, turning, dribbling, shooting and heading.
These sessions were conducted by an experienced coach from Selangor.
At the end of these sessions, a 11-aside match was held among the boys.
The Legacy Programme session was interactive as there were ideas and knowledge exchanged between coach, the boys, and even some Allianz Malaysia employees.
Employees were invited to be part of the programme by joining in an exclusive and friendly match with the boys.
After the warm-up, training and catching up on some rest, a match between the boys and the employees was held. The AJFC finalists ended up winners in a closely-fought encounter.
“These boys have been meeting each quarter since September last year and we hope that the Legacy programme has been able to sharpen their football skills and provide opportunities for them to exchange knowledge and experience.
“We are happy that on of our AJFC 2012 winners, 18-year-old Luveen Visnu Anandhan was recently recognised for his talent and has signed a nine-month contract with Angkatan Tentera Malaysia football team.
“This is indeed very encouraging news for us as young talents can continue doing what they have passion for, through AJFC,” concluded Reisch.
For these young talented Malaysian footballers, it all began in April last year as Allianz announced the global company initiative in Malaysia for the second consecutive year.
Teenagers between 14 and 16 years with keen interest in football were invited to register online.
A total of 2,900 Malaysian teenagers registered and more than 1,200 turned up at the selection matches in Kuantan and Shah Alam.
The selection process was a little different this year in Malaysia, where the spectators of the final match had an opportunity to vote and determine the winners.
The spectators’ vote contributed 30% to the overall score while 70% of the score was based on the judges’ evaluation.
The judges who carefully evaluated these participants were former national footballers B. Sathianathan, Shahrin Majid and Rusdi Suparman, and Murugan Thurkayan, a representative coach from Allianz.
The participants were judged based on their speed, endurance and football skills.
Twenty-five participants were shortlisted and entered the final match against the Selangor State FA Under-19 team at Padang SUK, Shah Alam, Selangor in June.
The top three boys were selected from here to represent Malaysia for the camps in Munich, Germany. The seven boys from the fourth to 10th positions experienced the first Asian Camp in Phuket, Thailand.
Young football talents can look forward to the next AJFC which will be announced soon.
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