Malaysia banking on Everton’s secret recipe

PETALING JAYA: Everton’s ‘Football in the Community’ project, which has enjoyed tremendous success in training youngsters in England, will be introduced in Malaysia for the same purpose. 

Ted Sutton, the man who is in charge of the project, told a press conference at a leading hotel here yesterday that their highly qualified coaching staff would try to help the Youth and Sports Ministry raise the profile of game among the grassroots in Malaysia. 

“Football is now, of course, a global sport and Everton’s ‘Football in the Community’ department has reacted accordingly. Soccer camps and football-related education projects have been organised in Thailand and China,” said Sutton. 

“The combination of football and education is a positive one and every school in Merseyside was keen on our ‘Football in the Community’ programme. At one stage, the number of pupils in our programme was between 60,000 and 70,000.” 

Sutton said he was glad to have had the opportunity to work with many talented youngsters, including those who are currently making a name with other clubs like Wayne Rooney (Man United), Francis Jeffers (Arsenal), Gavin McCann (Aston Villa) and Richard Dunne (Man City). 

“All these players had the opportunity to develop at the Everton FC Academy,” said Sutton. 

“We take great pride in what we have achieved and travelling out to the Far East is just another example of how we are moving forward as we continue to turn Everton into a strong global brand.” 

Three coaches, including Sutton, will run the Everton-Rakan Muda football coaching clinics at three venues this month. 

The first will be held at the Bertam Sports Complex in Kepala Batas tomorrow. The other clinics will be held at the district council pitch in Pekan on March 15 and the Bandar Penawar Sports School in Desaru on March 17. 

Joseph Doyle and James Porter will assist Sutton and each clinic will see 120 C-Licence coaches briefed on the Everton module of coaching youngsters. There will also be 120 players, selected by the state schools sports council and the state FAs, participating in the clinic.  

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