ASSUMPTION Football Club are committed towards guiding youngsters to excel in football.
The club, formed a couple of years ago, under the guidance of three coaches – Brandon Keith Chai, Bradley Kirk Chai and Kevin Raj – has about 35 juniors from the ages of 13 to 21. Popular TV host Adam Carruthers is the team manager.
Based at SJKC Chen Moh in Petaling Jaya, the club has also started preparations for a series of competitions. The players get together on Saturdays for their weekly training sessions.
The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) have extended an invitation to Assumption FC to take part in a league. The league will have 16 teams and Bradley said they are looking forward to competing in it.
“We are waiting for the dates from them. It will be an important event for us as it will give us an opportunity to evaluate and gauge our players’ progress.
“The players have been exposed to a lot of friendly matches. But it will be important for us to look at them during competitive matches,’’ said Bradley.
The trainees in Assumption FC were recruited during a programme at the Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya. Bradley said they were encouraged with the response.
“Some of them brought along their friends and several youths around the neighbourhood also joined the training sessions. We are pleased with the trainees' commitment and we have big plans,’’ added Bradley.
Several players from Assumption FC have also gained exposure in competitive matches. T. Suriakumar has played in competitions organised by Armed Forces. Some had attended trials with the Football Association of Selangor (FAS).
Assumption FC also took part in the Easter Cup where they emerged champions last year. But this year, they only managed to get to the knock-out stage.
Bradley said their long-term plan was to field a team in the FAS league.
“We will also be sending promising players to attend trials with the FAS for age group competitions. Our aim is to create a platform for the youths to be involved in healthy activities.
“We have been getting a lot of encouraging feedback from the community. MBPJ have also been supportive. We are also guiding the trainees to be part of a healthy community,’’ added Bradley.