Monday, December 12, 2011

Over 550 Participate in Kuwait Youth Soccer Event - Premier Goal Academy

Arab Times

The 2011 Winter Festival of Football event organized by the Premier GOAL Academy in association with Everton FC and sponsored by PORSCHE Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Co was held at Shaab Park on Saturday under the patronage of HE the British Ambassador, Frank Baker. The festival kicked off early morning with the Junior Tournament and 31 teams played matches in four age groups; 3-5 years, 6-7 years, 8-9 years and 10-11 years. Each team played 5 or 6 games resulting in over 150 matches played on the 4 pitches during the course of this all day event — the biggest and best attended football tournament in Kuwaits’ sporting calendar, packed with goals, near misses, fantastic team and individual performances and most importantly, immensely enjoyable for players and spectators alike. The Senior Tournament took place throughout the afternoon with matches for under 13s, 14s, 15s and 16s with a further 25 teams involved.

In total over 550 players from 3 to 16 years of age participated in the event, including teams from the P.G.A./Everton Coaching Courses and Everton Centre of Excellence, Don Bosco Indian School, GAC, Mishref, Hawally Pakistan English School, the French School of Kuwait, American Bilingual School, Canadian Bilingual School and Pakistan School and College, Kuwait. A huge turn out of enthusiastic parents and spectators cheered and encouraged the players who were superbly organized and guided by their coaches throughout a series of exciting, closely fought and sporting matches.

Wrigley provided the brightly-coloured tournament playing shirts and also sponsored the matchballs in addition to providing all the players with free samples of Wrigley Extra Chewing Gum to help the players maintain their concentration throughout the extensive programme of matches. Special thanks also to DJ Simon for providing the musical entertainment throughout the day.

The P.G.A. freestyle players, Karam, Arman and Obeid presented a display of amazing football tricks and skills in front of a 1000+ crowd, prior to the Awards ceremony when H.E. the British Ambassador, Frank Baker, and several other VIP guests presented medals to all participants and certificates of appreciation to the event sponsors and supporters.
Supporters of the event contributed free gifts and special offers to ensure everyone had a great time and included; Wrigleys Extra Chewing Gum, United Sports Company GOAL, ABC Juices, Light Foods (Mickey Chips), Crowne Plaza, The Print Shop and Luscious Foods who provided delicious refreshments. H.E. the British Ambassador Frank Baker expressed his appreciation and recognition of their support for such an important community event and congratulated all the players and coaches who took part. “It’s fantastic to see so many young people participating in this programme and obviously having a great time.

Apart from the joy of the game itself, football is a wonderful way to encourage young people to become physically active, improve fitness and develop their communication and good teamwork — essential skills as they grow up. Congratulations to all who took part and made this fabulous event possible — to the P.G.A. organizers Mike and Baker, Wrigley and the other generous sponsors and all the teachers and coaches who have taught and encouraged the players and teams to such an exceptionally high standard”

The P.G.A. Winter Camp will take place from 18th to 22nd December from 0930-1330 daily at Shaab Park whilst the coaching programme resumes on 13th January 2012 with courses held each day of the week catering to all ability levels from 3 to 18 years of age with fully qualified UEFA coaches. For details of all P.G.A. events and activities contact Academy Director, Mike Finn on 99981327 or Executive Director Baker Al Nazer on 66918666.

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