Allianz Junior Football Camp provides platform to inspire and develop football talents
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Allianz Malaysia today announced the new format for the 2015 edition of the Allianz Junior Football Camp (“AJFC”). The fourth edition of AJFC will see the formation of the AJFC Malaysia League (“League”), a competitive league culminating in a National Finals where eleven talented players will be selected to train with FC Bayern Munich. AJFC 2015 was launched by Zakri Khir, CEO of Allianz Malaysia Berhad at Aloft Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
“AJFC is for teenagers aged between 14 to 16 years old. For Malaysia to inspire and develop football talents, there must be ample opportunity for our young footballers to play competitively at all age groups. We realised there was a gap in the 14 to 16 age category and decided to introduce a league competition for AJFC 2015,” said Zakri Khir.
The League will be held for seven consecutive weeks between 11 April and 30 May 2015 at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor; EduCity, Johor and Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. The top four teams from Johor and Penang and the top eight teams from Selangor will advance to the National Finals. The Grand Final will be played on 13 June 2015 where the inaugural League champions will be crowned. During the National Finals, three players will be selected to attend AJFC in Munich, Germany and another eight will attend AJFC in Bali, Indonesia in August 2015.
“AJFC is a unique platform where talented teenagers are brought together to inspire and develop their talent through an exciting football adventure. This will indeed be very special for the selected teenagers as they will be trained by FC Bayern Munich official youth coaches. It will be new experience for them as they will not only receive professional football training, but they will also be able to meet stars of FC Bayern Munich, visit the city of Munich and watch a match of FC Bayern Munich live at the Allianz Arena among others; and we are happy to provide this once-in-a-lifetime experience to these talented teenagers,” said Zakri Khir.
“Over the past three years, Allianz Malaysia has had great success with both our camps as well as the quality of the boys who have gone to the international AJFC camps. But football is not an individual sport and it is important that our players get more ball time and game time in a team environment. Our League will provide these players an opportunity to experience these important football principles,” said Zakri Khir.
In August 2012, when AJFC was first introduced in Malaysia, two teenagers from Malaysia joined other selected teenagers from 21 different countries and four continents. Over the years, the number of teenagers has increased significantly and due to the overwhelming response received, the Asian Camp was introduced in 2013. Last year, Allianz Malaysia sent three teenagers to Munich, Germany, while one lucky Malaysian teenager was selected to go to Munich at the wildcard challenge held at the Asian Camp in Bali, Indonesia.
Interested teenagers between 14 and 16 years of age need to form a team of twelve players to register. Registration and information on AJFC Malaysia League are available on Allianz Malaysia’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AllianzMalaysia. Registration starts on 26 February until 30 March 2015. An email acknowledgement will be sent to the first 28 teams who register and they must attend the briefing meeting to confirm their participation.
“I encourage all teenagers, especially those who are enthusiastic about football to participate in the League. It is an opportunity not to be missed and it provides fantastic competition to qualify for the National Finals. Besides gaining valuable experience playing in a league, talented players stand a chance to be scouted by a team of professional coaches. The eleven selected teenagers will not only get an inside insight view of the world of professional football but will also experience a wholesome intercultural exchange between different nationalities. It proves that football is truly an international language that crosses all borders,” concluded Zakri.