Hong Kong youngsters learn The United Way

Saturday 11 March 2023 12:57

The Hong Kong FA under-16 girls squad travelled to Manchester for a ‘fruitful’ training course and cultural exchange hosted by Manchester United Soccer Schools and the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

This incredible opportunity to support the girls’ footballing and educational development was co-created by the official community partner Hong Kong Jockey Club. 

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the partnership now in its 11th year, we aim to inspire young people in Hong Kong to unleash their full potential as part of a commitment to create a better and brighter future for all. 

The group of 27 players and staff from the Hong Kong Football Association visited the club’s Academy Training Ground at Littleton Road, Salford, to gain an insight into the club’s youth training philosophy and coaching programmes.

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The sides were hosted by our Soccer Schools, that also recently worked with the Afghanistan women's national team.

The girls trained with, played against, and exchanged off-the-field experiences with the young players from United’s own Regional Talent Club.

Betty Wong, HKFA Women’s Football Manager, said: “Our players and coaches all enjoyed the MUSS sessions, and it was a very fruitful trip as part of the girls’ development.”

Over the course of two days, Man Utd Soccer Schools coaches took the squad through advanced coaching sessions based on specific topics requested by HKFA Technical coaching staff to aid the players’ development.
The sessions focused on improving the players’ ability to deal with a high press and improving penetration to score. 

In-game footage of United Women in action was analysed and used to introduce how the girls could apply similar principles to their own game, followed by training to develop those specific techniques. 

Robin Van der Laan, MUSS Lead Coach added: “With these types of sessions, we’re working with the players for the first time so we make sure we quickly get to know them, create a rapport and make them feel welcome at Manchester United. 

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Many Thai youngsters were given amazing opportunities to be coached by some United legends.

"Then we get down to the focus of training and practising to keep enjoying the game as well as improving. 

“Right from them walking off the bus, we could tell they were really enthusiastic about their training which made it a real pleasure to work with the girls and see the standard of individual and team performance that is developing within the girls’ game in Hong Kong.”