Sunday, January 29, 2012


The Phnom Penh Crown headquarters and home to the Academy
Nothing much to report this weekend that isn't linked to football. I know when I mention that word, then anyone reading this blog automatically switches off. Hence why I have a separate football blog here. However... one of the interesting aspects of the local club I'm involved in, Phnom Penh Crown, is the diversification that's taking place. Its a professional football team with its own training headquarters outside of town in Tuol Kork, and where the club have 22 full-time Academy youngsters at u-14 age level, who are learning the trade of being a professional footballer, and at the same time receiving a private education, all out of the pocket of the club's wealthy president. We also have a club office on St 200, opposite the Bophana Center. In addition, there's the Crown Sports Bar, also on St 200, where we will hold our pre-season media press conference this coming Tuesday at 11am. Now, a new Phnom Penh Crown Restaurant is just about to open, directly opposite the main entrance of the Olympic Stadium, where all of the country's professional football takes place. I wouldn't be at all surprised if we don't open a club shop selling merchandise in the not too distant future, and anything else you care to think of. These are standard fare for top professional football clubs in other countries, but for Cambodia these are all '1sts' as Phnom Penh Crown attempts to pull Cambodian football kicking and screaming into the professional era.
Early morning sunrise over Crown's Tuol Kork training headquarters



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