Chance for soccer crazy youths to train in Munich
with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak and Vivian Chen.
They may not generate big headlines like Manchester United and Real Madrid, but Bayern Munich rule in the German soccer league. In a bid to boost its grass-roots community development, the club is collaborating with financial firm Allianz Global Investors to create the first Allianz Junior Football Camp in Germany.
Probably thanks to our position as a top financial centre, Hong Kong was chosen as one of the regions whose youth would be offered this rare opportunity in soccer development. Other places offered this chance include Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Russia, South Korea and England.
Teenagers aged 14 to 16 are eligible to apply to attend a five-day soccer camp with FC Bayern Munich coaches and players. They will guide the youngsters and put them through their paces. Those chosen will practise on the club's official training ground in Munich, meet its stars and attend a game at the Allianz Arena. Presumably you get to meet the Bundesliga club's recent new Dutch coach, Louis van Gaal (above).
Only 32 youths will be chosen worldwide. Obviously, they are looking for kids with a proficiency in soccer. Those interested can apply at the website, www.footballcamp.allianz.com. The deadline is July 31. A jury in each region will select the winning participants. By the way, as far as we can tell, it's open to boys and girls. The summer camp runs from August 26 to 30.