President of Tokyo Verdy FC expresses confidence Thai players have bright future in J League

sports May 23, 2017 17:51

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President of Japan’s Tokyo Verdy FC visited Thailand to follow up on progress in terms of cooperation between Tokyo Verdy FC and Ascot International School.

Mr. Hideyuki Hanyu, President of Tokyo Verdy FC stated that “Our football club signed an agreement with Ascot International School last year to create more opportunities for the school's football players to come to Japan and engage in professional training with Tokyo Verdy FC.

Hideyuki Hanyu, President of Tokyo Verdy FC

Last October, we sent a team of qualified trainers and staff to Thailand to offer a football training program to players of Ascot International School. In addition Ascot football players had a chance to travel to Japan in April to take part in training with Tokyo Verdy FC. As a result, the players are stronger and more skillful. We are encouraged to see that all of our trained athletes are doing well, and some are qualifying for the youth national team as well as several leading football clubs in Thailand.”

Tokyo Verdy is a Japanese professional football club, based in Tokyo, Japan, playing in the J2 League. Founded in 1969, Tokyo Verdy is one of the most decorated teams in the J. League, with honors including 7 J. League titles, 5 Emperor's Cup, 6 J. League Cups and an AFC Champions League title, and the most successful team in Japanese football history with 25 titles. Verdy plays its home games at the 50,000 capacity Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo. Tokyo Verdy is also famous for their youth development and youth academy.

Mr. Gary Booth-the Head Master stated that “we are very excited that we have entered into this relationship with Tokyo Verdy FC. It will undoubtedly raise the profile of football throughout the school and provide valuable opportunities for our students in the future. Participation in sports is strongly encouraged at Ascot International School and is built into our curriculum rather than added as an afterthought. Research and studies show that participation in sports leads to improved success in academic studies”.

Mr. Hideyuki Hanyu added “We are so happy to have cooperated with Ascot International School, which has been well established for more than 20 years in Thailand. This project will also strengthen the relationship between Thailand and Japan through sports while improving the quality of football players and staff in the international arena. Tokyo Verdy FC was founded in 1969 and thus far has produced leading footballers and trainers for the industry. We are determined to share our valuable experience and success with Ascot International School and do hope that everyone under training can use this opportunity to maximize their own potential and be the best players they can be.”

Mr. Felipe Amaral, Head of Ascot Football Academy added that “With Mr. Hideyuki Hanyu’s visit to Ascot International School between May 22-27, 2017 to witness skills training for youth ages between U12-17 years by training staff from Tokyo Verdy FC, and with our players having an opportunity to train in Japan between April 20-25 this year, these are great milestones for our Thai kids towards success, perhaps being drafted to play for Tokyo Verdy FC in the future. This partnership is not only good for AFA and Ascot, but also a very good for Football in Thailand.”