Junior hot shots win trip to Old Trafford

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 April, 2007, 12:00am

Two schoolboys from Hong Kong's Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS) have won a sponsored trip to Manchester in England to take part in the MUSS Grand Skills Final 2007.

Takuya Yamane, 11, and Yudai Kanaba, 12, were the top two participants among the hundreds of young players who took part in MUSS Skills Competition in Hong Kong.

The boys achieved the highest score in several skill tests, which included short passing, lofted passing, dribbling, ball control and shooting.

'This is the third year the soccer school has been up and running. When it was launched in 2004, 500 children were involved. This year, there are 300 taking lessons,' said MUSS spokesman Jay Ho.

With sponsorship from Cathay Pacific Airways, the boys will travel to Manchester for the Grand Skills Final 2007 where they will pitch their skills against fellow young players from the other Manchester United Soccer Schools around the world.

'The boys will go to Manchester in October or November to represent the Hong Kong programme at the day-long Grand Skills Final. They will spend a week there. Last year, about 20 to 30 children from around the world took part in the final,' he said.

'The winners of the Grand Skills Final will have the chance to go to the Manchester United Soccer Academy.'

They will also have the chance to attend a Manchester United game at Old Trafford.

MUSS Hong Kong gives young soccer players the opportunity to work with coaches from one of the biggest football clubs in the world.

The programme aims to improve basic football skills, with an emphasis on enjoyment and personal achievement.

The MUSS Hong Kong course runs for 20 weekly sessions and is open to boys and girls aged eight to 15.

For more information, go to www.muss.hk