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This weekend sees Samui United Academy head back to Phuket in an attempt to bring more silverware back to our little isle.
What a year 2013 was for The “Samui United Academy”. In fact a year that Sir Alex Ferguson would have been proud of, and certainly one that David Moyes would have been delighted with!
Joking aside, this Friday sees the Samui United Academy head back to the scenes of last year’s success, as they enter teams in 4 separate age groups at the 4th International Tournament being held at Thanyapura in Phuket .
After their success in September 2013 when the boys brought back to Samui, the winners medals for the Under 8’s and the Under 10’s, the expectations have clearly risen and the boys are very keen to once again put on a good performance. The success that followed in December 2013 , when again Samui United Academy went across to Phuket and saw their U10’s win their first eleven a side competition , has only served to raise the bar further.
This international tournament sees teams from all across Asia competing in 4 age levels . U8’s , U10’s , U12’s and U14’s. It would be fair to say that the Samui United team stand a good chance of proving they are not just a flash in the pan as they aim to build on last year’s success.
The teams work very hard during the week training on Mondays through to Thursday as well as Saturday on a dirt pitch kindly provided by Bandon Hospital. The coach Tom Siriyan Dixon, has spent more than the last 5 years developing the club and is winning many plaudits not just here on Samui but also further afield.
The club has plans this year to cement its place on the island as the leading academy by investing even more in its facilities and its training pitch. With Children coming from all backgrounds , all nationalities and all schools on the island , this young sporting club is a great example of how Thai and Farang can build something to last , that benefits many.
In the coming months they are looking to attract sponsors for their shirts as well as their new pitch and their training facilities. We hope that the island can get together and behind them to show how proud we are of this club and of course more importantly we would like to take this opportunity to wish them good luck in Phuket, Bring back some more silverware please boys.
URGENT. The U14 boy’s squad consists of 10 players who are all local boys. They work and train hard and we are trying to raise some money so that we can take them with the other boys to enter this competition. Being 100% local we would really like to be able to do this.
We are currently looking for any sponsorship or contribution which would enable this group of boys to travel with us and enter the tournament.
The Premier bar in Bangrak, who have already assisted financially, several of the boys in his squad have also donated some travel tops and are going to be holding the welcome home party for the entire Academy squad when they return. “It’s great to be able to give something back and to support a young bunch of lads on the island giving them a chance to chase some sporting success” said John from the Premier Bar . “Let’s hope the party turns into a congratulation parade and a celebration of their success in Phuket ! Good luck lads ”
If you think you might be able to help in any way no matter how great or small please contact the club asap. For more information on Samui United Academy , who run 8 week courses throughout the year next to Bandon Hospital please contact Samuiunited1@hotmail.com. Story by Philip Space.