Congratulations to 15 year old Rith* who has recently been offered a placement at the National Football Center and Football Academy.

Our team first met Rith 5 years ago when they were visiting the neighborhood of Sihanoukville that he lives in and invited him to join some of our football games. Since then he has been playing regularly in weekend games organized by M’Lop Tapang.

Our sports team teachers, recognizing the talent of this boy and his positive attitude, encouraged and supported him to participate in the Football Federation of Cambodia trials held last month. Rith must have impressed the coaches at the event because soon after he was officially offered a scholarship to move to the Academy in Takeo Province where he will be joining a program that will maximize his football potential as well as providing him with an education.

Good luck Rith! We all hope to see you on Cambodia’s national team in a few years.

*name and photo changed for confidentiality