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Hassan (centre), Evans (second right) and Aireen (second left) after the presentation of a QPR jersey. Photo Credit: Borneo Post

Young Malaysians to train with QPR Academy

Hassan (centre), Evans (second right) and Aireen (second left) after the presentation of a QPR jersey. Photo Credit: Borneo Post

Borneo Post

Fifty youth players turned up for a one-day coaching clinic conducted by QPR staff and two young Malaysians stand a chance to train at the Academy in Loftus Road, London.

The one-day AirAsia-QPR Coaching Clinic Tour concluded in Kuching, Sarawak yesterday and two out of 50 youths stood out.

CEO of the Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in the Community Trust, Andy Evans shared this news with the Borneo Post at SMK Tabuan Jaya.

He said: “The level of standard shown by participants was impressive.

“We have identified two players and they stand a chance to be flown to London to train in the Queens Park Rangers Academy at Loftus Road, London for a week.”

The coaching clinic was conducted by QPR academy coaches, Danny Edwards, Stephen McCarthy, Matino Cheavannes and Adam McLachlan which included over 300 young players from the age of 15 to 16 in Singapore and Malaysia.

Out of the lot, only seven will get the opportunity to make the trip to Loftus Road.

Air Asia Berhad CEO Aireen Omar was responsible for bringing the clinic to Kuching and was very keen to develop football at the grassroots level.

“We are out to identify promising football talents and with the guidance of highly experienced QPR coaches, they will be trained with advanced skills to make them better players and become valuable assets for the state,” she said.

“Sarawak and East Malaysia as a whole are an important hub for us and our success in East Malaysia is due to the strong support from the community and state government.”

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