Led by Phuket FC Chairman Pamuke Atchariyachay, the team’s players, coaches and managers have been visiting schools across the island to attend their morning assembly and anthem ceremony.
This week Mr Pamuke visited the Phuket Municipality School on Phulphol Road, where he told students that football helped build social skills and fitness, and could become a real job for some.
“Playing football is no longer a boys’ past time anymore. Playing football – apart from helping you improve your physical strength, and teaching you teamwork and sharing with friends – can also becoming a paying job,” Mr Pamuke said.
“Uncle Muke”, as he referred to himself, also encouraged the students to go to this year’s Phuket FC league games and friendly matches.
This year, school students in uniform will be admitted to Phuket FC games for free – but Mr Pamuke joked that their parents would still have to pay for a ticket, even if they wore school uniforms.
Mr Pamuke also wants to promote football skills in the island’s schools, and so has introduced the Phuket FC Football Clinics for Students.
The clinics involve one or two hours of basic football training for students, conducted by Phuket FC’s coaches and players.
This week assistant team manager Choochai Angkabkaew, and three Thai Muslim football stars – Ninuruddin Nide-ha, Sakareya Kolea and Arwut Nuchet – visited the Muslim Witthaya Phuket school in Koh Kaew for a training session with 144 students, aged from 7 to 16 years old.
It was the third football clinic since Mr Pamuke launched the programme. Phuket FC will run the clinics twice a month, usually on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons, from 2pm to 3pm.
Schools that would like to have Phuket FC visit for a football clinic can email the Phuket FC office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.