| PHNOM PENH (28 Sept 2010) – Newly crowned Cambodian champions Phnom Penh Crown FC have vowed that they will be following the Everton way in developing players alongside unveiling the country’s first fully-fledged football academy – the PPCFC Elite Football Academy.
The academy aims to give the opportunity for 22 selected boys aged under 13-year-old to hone their skills without compromising their academic pursuits.
“We are following the internationally acclaimed ‘Everton Way’ training programme that has produced players of such calibre as Wayne Rooney, David Unsworth, Francis Jeffers and Richard Dunne,” said Phnom Phen Crown owner Rithy Samnang.
“The search for Cambodia’s Wayne Rooney begins.”
A nationwide search led by APFA coaches next month will be used to recruit the academy’s first batch of students.
“The players will have the opportunity of training six days per week, 45 weeks per year, with no disruption to their academic schedules,” said Bouy Dary, who will be overseeing the coaching elements at the academy.
Rithy Samnang revealed that the USD120,000 annual running costs would be defrayed by the club and all their current sponsors and co-sponsors.
The academy will be housed at Crown’s current training facility in Toul Kork.
Construction work on Phnom Penh Crown’s facility is well underway and, when complete, will boast a dormitory, recreation room, training pitch, study room, dining hall and changing rooms.