Start of the 2018 FC Bayern Youth Cup in Thailand
The 2018 FC Bayern Youth Cup Thailand got underway last Friday in Bangkok. Sebastian Dremmler, FC Bayern Head Coach of International Programs, was the German record champions' representative to witness the kick-off of the popular tournament. The aim is clear: The defending champions once again want to send a strong team to the finals of the FC Bayern Youth Cup in Munich.
The nationwide tournaments begin in January 2018, and will for the first time also be held in the south of the country. Last year, the qualification tournament in southern Thailand had to be cancelled due to flooding in the area. At tournaments across ten different cities between January and March 2018, youth players born in 2002 and 2003 will have the chance to show off their talent and stake a claim for the national final in Bangkok.
2017 SPIA AISA Award
The impressive commitment and the success of last year's tournament was recognised at the 2017 SPIA AISA Awards. The FC Bayern Youth Cup was awarded bronze in the category for best amateur sport event in Thailand.
Coaching training for the FC Bayern 12 Level Kurs
As well as the FC Bayern Youth Cup, the record German champions are also focusing on the training of local coaches in Thailand. International Bayern youth coaches are currently in Bangkok to teach about theory and practical elements in workshops. The aim of the multi-step coaching programme is the systematic support and continued improvement of local coaches based on the model and philosophy of FC Bayern. Over 300 Thai coaches have already been trained and supported by FCB coaches this year.
As part of the nationwide youth football initiative "FC Bayern 12 Level Kurs" -- a 12-step training course that will be taught in Thai schools as part of sports lessons in the coming years - the certified Thai coaches impart their knowledge on Thai children. In the coming months and years, FC Bayern coaches will regularly travel to Thailand for to give lessons and workshops.
The Bundesliga Meisterschale and Berni on the road in Thailand
FC Bayern mascot Berni also travelled at the weekend to the provinces of Supanburi and Lopburi with the Bundesliga Meisterschale amongst his baggage. There regional partner Wangkanai hosted a youth football tournament for the families of the workers. Sixteen teams took part in both tournaments, with the best players from these invited to the second round of the regional qualification tournament of the FC Bayern Youth Cup.
At the conclusion of the trip, Berni visited the German embassy in Bangkok to show the German ambassador, Mr. Peter Prügel, and his colleagues the Bundesliga trophy.