Astro, through its corporate social responsibility arm, Astro Kasih, is collaborating with Spanish football giants F.C. Barcelona, for its 2016 Astro Kem Bola programme.
Astro Kem Bola is focused on developing the football skills of young talents and to this end, is committed to playing its role in raising the bar for football in South-East Asia.
As part of the programme, 32 girls and boys between the ages of 10 and 12 years old from Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore were selected to be trained under the programme powered by F.C. Barcelona and sponsored by Head & Shoulders in Barcelona, Spain.
Some of the players training hard during a coaching session.
In addition, the training will culminate in a tour and watching a live La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou, the biggest football stadium in Europe.
Muhammad Azzroul Hyzami,12, from Sarawak, said: “I am very excited to be given the opportunity to gain new experiences in Barcelona.
“I have been training hard every day, as I aim to become a world-class footballer.”
Nur Najwa Irdina, 10, from Kuala Lumpur said: “My ambition is to become an excellent woman footballer to play at the international level.
“My parents, teachers and friends were very encouraging and supported me when I wanted to pursue my dream. I am very blessed to be chosen to train with Barcelona.”
In the past, 150 children had undergone intensive trainings conducted by coaches from leading football clubs in Europe such as Cardiff City Football Club and West Ham United’s Football Academy. As a result, 51 of these young footballers from the programme have enrolled into sports schools for their secondary school education in Malaysia.