Klang: The AFC-UNHCR Programme Phase 2 participants competed in a mini football carnival to mark the closing of the second phase of this highly successful programme.
Phase 2 of the football training programme kicked off in September 2018 and concluded with two of the leading students from the Rohingya Education Centre crowned best players.
Both Umar Saddiq and Nur Haliza from the U-10 category were chosen for their dedication to the programme, attending all 11 sessions and having shown the ability to perform on the pitch.
A total of six teams from the Rohingya Education Centre (JREC) in Gombak and Klang played against teams from SK Batu Belah, Bangsar Magic FC and the Name Football Association of Petaling (NFAP) in the U-10, U-12 and U-14 categories.
The tournament kicked off with the U-14 girls team from JREC Klang meeting SK Batu Belah followed by the U-12 boys with JREC Kang playing SK Batu Belah.
Cheered on by their peers, the U-14 boys played the final match of the mini football carnival with NFAP facing JREC Klang before the prize giving ceremony.
The students from JREC are participants of the AFC-UNHCR partnership forged in June 2017 which provide refugees opportunities through sport and football under the AFC Dream Asia Foundation.
The programme, which began in September 2017, encompasses empowerment, education and social inclusion through sports-related activities.
Both organisations have participated in the project which utilises football as a tool for social development.
The project sees students benefiting from both the health and education components as activities are done both in and out of classroom.