Tokyo Verdy FC Sees J League Success For Thai players
Mr. Hideyuki Hanyu, the President of the Tokyo Verdy Football Club, visited the country of Thailand late last May of 2017, as part of the cooperation between Tokyo Verdy FC and Ascot International School.
Mr. Hanyu elaborated, saying that the football club signed an agreement with Ascot International School sometime during 2016, aimed at creating more opportunities for Ascot’s football players to come to Japan, and experience J League quality professional training with Tokyo Verdy FC.
Part of this agreement, he adds, was the sending of qualified trainers and staff from Tokyo Verdy FC to Thailand, offering a football training program for the school’s players. Another part of this joint endeavour was the aforementioned travel opportunities for players, which happened earlier in April, 2017.
Mr. Hanyu says that the Ascot International School players that travelled to Japan came back to Thailand stronger and more skilful,and that it bring the FC joy that the athletes they trained are doing well, having qualified for Thailand’s youth national team as well as making the cut for some of Thailand’s best football clubs.
Tokyo Verdy is a Tokyo-based Japanese professional football club, actively participating in the J2 League. The team was founded back in 1969, and is one of the J League’s most decorated teams with several honours, including 7 J League titles, an AFC Champions League titles, among others, amounting to a whopping 25 titles, making the Tokyo Verdy FC one of the most, if not the most successful teams in Japanese football history. The team is also popular with the younger enthusiasts, due to its youth development programs and youth academy.
Mr. Gary Booth, Head Master for Ascot International School, states that the school is looks forward to what this partnership with the FC will bring. He says that this meshes well with Ascot’s intentions of promoting participating in sports, which is a part of their curriculum rather than an afterthought addition.
Felipe Amaral, Head of Ascot Football Academy expressed a similar outlook on the partnership, saying that this endeavour won’t just be good for the students and for football in Thailand, but also for strengthening ties between the two countries.