PJ Rangers aim to grow with Petaling Jaya community's help

After their bold rebranding move, the FAM Cup side formerly known as AirAsia FC now aim to help the Petaling Jaya community, and to become a self-funded team.

FAM Cup side Petaling Jaya Rangers FC (PJRFC) aim to help the community of Petaling Jaya with the football club, according to club deputy president Simon Lim Swee Teck.

Taking English football club, Queens Park Rangers (QPR) as an example, Swee Teck explained PJRFC will do its best to help the community in PJ, especially through football.

Met after a friendly match between the club and PDRM on Saturday, Swee Teck said; “For now we want to focus on football first. Our plan is to go to schools in PJ, and do coaching clinics with them.”

“We will bring QPR academy coaches and introduce to them what professional coaching is like.”

Other than going to schools, the Red Jets also aim to help the people in need, and also make programs with the football veterans.

“We have future plans for the community, especially those who are jobless right now. We want to bring groundsmen and stadium marshals from QPR to give them (the jobless) talks, and train them to be groundsman and tell them what they can do and contribute.”

“We don’t have professional groundsmen here in Malaysia, so we can train them to be one, and work at the stadium.”

“We also want to take care of the veterans as well, do community programs with them and we’re going to use ex-players for the coaching clinic as well.”

When it comes to funding, Swee Teck explained that PJRFC are working towards self-funding team, and don’t want to be reliant on corporate funding in the future, event from parent company AirAsia Group.

“State teams and corporate teams in Malaysia, they rely so much on their funders' money, but for us, we are trying to go for self-funding team. We are working with QPR on that.”

“We will charge the tickets at a very minimal price, and we are working on the merchandise as well. We are also aiming for corporate company to fund us, and in return we will work together with them for their CSR program.”

However, when asked whether PJRFC want to draw the Selangor fans to come and support PJRFC in the future due to their vicinity to Shah Alam, Swee Teck believes that will be something very hard for them to do.

“Selangor are a state team, here in Malaysia, the state spirit is very strong among fans, and we cannot draw them away from supporting Selangor, but we want the support from them as well,” added Swee Teck.

In the friendly match against PDRM held in Kuala Lumpur, the Red Jets lost 2-1 to the Premier League side.

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