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Two National Foorball Academy Under 16 players were selected during the QPR Coaching Clinic Tour and will attend a five-day training stint at the QPR academy next year

Two youngsters will be given an opportunity of a lifetime after they were selected to attend a five-day training stint at the Queens Park Rangers (QPR) FC Academy in Loftus Road, London.

Muhammad Syafiq Bin Irawan and Andin Addie Djayady Bin Agus Tino Saman were chosen from a group of 15 girls and 30 boys from the National Football Academy’s Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 teams and the National Women’s Team after impressing QPR Trust coaches in a five-hour long training session in the inaugural session of the QPR Coaching Clinic Tour 2013 held at The Cage in Turf City on Monday afternoon.

Both U16 footballers will experience the routines of a true football professional and will be given the opportunity to learn the ropes from QPR’s senior players, where they will be exposed to the rigorous requirements of the game and other important aspects of football.

The clinic, jointly organised by AirAsia and QPR, is part of a 10-day coaching clinic tour, where coaches attached with the "QPR in the Community Trust’"program reach out to students in schools and young players in the local communities to help in their development of football.

Besides sharing expertise with local talents, the tour aims to select the best candidates to have a week-long stint with QPR. At the end of the session, the Trust coaches will pick their player of the day, with one overall ‘achiever’ winning the chance to visit Loftus Road in London, meet the QPR first team and enjoy a day at the club’s academy.

Andy Evans, CEO of QPR in the Community Trust, was thrilled to be back in Asia after lauding the amazing passion showed by the locals in Malaysia during the team’s summer tour of the area last year.

“Last summer’s pre-season tour to Asia gave us a flavour of the passion the Asian people have for our national sport and we are excited about the prospect of finding fresh talent in their region,” he said.

“Our aim is to go out to Asia and improve the ability of their young footballers through a variety of different coaching sessions. We are giving them the opportunity to step up and to show us what they got in terms of their talent for the game because we realise there are so many young people across this region who love the game have skills, have ability but perhaps are not able to showcase it."

Syafiq, one of the two selected to go to London some time next year, was excited to be given this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I am thrilled to have been selected for this training stint,” Syafiq said.

“I worked very hard throughout today’s session and the coaches put us through a rigorous routine which was strenuous, but I am certain will benefit me in the long-run. I hope to gain valuable knowledge and experience from this stint to develop me further as a footballer.”

Martino Chevannes, one of the coaches who facilitated the training session, revealed that it was Syfaiq and Andin’s ability, and especially attitude, that impressed the coaches the most.

“From the outset, they showed not only good technical ability, but also great attitude,” he revealed.

“The decision was unanimous amongst the coaches as not only were both Syafiq and Andin outstanding as individuals, but also as team players. They also showed great leadership, which is important.

“I am also especially impressed by a lot of the girls who showed a lot of hard work and perseverance throughout the session. I hope this session has helped the participants develop as players and that they would be able to eventually progress further.”

The coaching clinic is set to continue in Singapore for the next couple of days, with players from the Singapore Sports School and participants in the Singapore Sports Council’s Foundation, SportCares given an opportunity to show off their skills on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

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