NUSAJAYA: Johor Football Association (JFA) and the State Education Department (JPN) have embarked on football development programmes to produce world class players.
State Youth, Culture and Heritage committee chairman Datuk Zulkarnain Kamisan said the programmes were part of the long-term plan by JFA and JON to train young players.
He said the programmes also involved Borussia Dortmund FC from Germany which rendered its expertise to participants in the programmes as young as nine years old.
“The goverment has also agreed to allocate RM2.5mil under Budget 2016 for the programmes,” said Zulkarnain.
He said this in his reply to questions from Abd Taib Abu Bakar (BN-Machap) and Ayub Jamil (BN-Rengit) on the long-term football development programmes in Johor.
Zulkarnain said that sports facilities also played an equally important factor in transforming the football scenario in the state as shown by Johor Darul Takzim (JDT).
He said the construction of an indoor football training centre at Dataran Bandaraya, which includes a football field and a fitness centre, would provide an integrated training centre for JDT players.
“We hope JDT continues to perform well not only at the domestic level but also at internation levels,” said Zulkarnain.
He said the goverment also supported the football development programmes at the grassroots level through the Johor Sports Council (MSNJ).
Zulkarnain said JFA and MSNJ had organised football tournaments throughout the year involving participants from all districts in the state.
He said among the tournaments include the Mentri Besar Cup, TAJ Cup and Sultan Johor Cup.