Sunday, March 16, 2014

Girls doing it for themselves

The girls giving their all in one of this morning's games
Spent a couple of hours with the Phnom Penh Crown Academy delivering One World Futbols and playing a series of friendly football games at Punheahok School in Boeung Keng Kang 1 this morning. Great fun for the kids, especially a large turnout of girls. They gave it their all. And then asked can they do it all again! The whole idea is to encourage more children to play football and the futbols are virtually indestructible, so they last for a very long time. Chevrolet are sponsoring 5,800 futbols for Cambodia and Crown are helping to deliver them to schools and organisations around the country. This was the second event this weekend after 80 boys attended a similar one on Saturday morning at Crown's RSN Stadium. I must admit it was good to see so many girls trying their best, most of whom had never played before, as football, and sport in general, isn't something that's overly encouraged in schools and by Khmer families for young girls. Most of them really got stuck in and at the end, the most successful won some small prizes, whilst a few were left in tears as they didn't win anything. "I ran so much I almost died. And I didn't eat any breakfast today," said one teary-eyed girl - so she got a consolation cap instead.
A much more subdued pose from the girls this morning

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