Scottish football giants Celtic FC come to Cambodia

Celtic Football Club in the 50th year anniversary of their Champion League final victory over Inter Milan in 1967 made their first ever visit to Cambodia

Seven lucky players from HFCA program attended this special football event run by Celtic Football Club. Over two days our lucky young boys had an amazing opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches in Scotland and also play football at the iconic Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh. This amazing stadium was built in 1964 and can hold 70,000 and is home to the Cambodian national football team as well as some of the leading teams in the Cambodia Premier League.

(L to R) Celtic coach PJ Corr, Sam Nang, Visal, Da, Ey Horng, Celtic coach Graham Diamond, Sarith, Phanadeth and Thmeyw

Celtic coach Graham Diamond who has worked for the club since 1997 spoke warmly of his time in Cambodia saying "I wasn't sure what to expect when I came to Cambodia. The people in Cambodia are unbelievable. Been treated so well, been treated like royalty. Its just been fantastic."

When asked about the seven HFCA players Graham said "Your boys were a credit to you, themselves and their families. They were so well behaved and respectful." 

(L to R) Celtic FC coach Graham Diamond, HFCA's Vibol Chao and Celtic FC coach PJ Corr at Olympic Stadium.

His fellow coach JP Corr was also very much embracing his first trip to the region "The people are so warm and so friendly. Cambodia feels like Scotland, like home. It's fantastic to be coaching Cambodian kids at the Olympic Stadium." Corr first started working for Celtic FC in 2007 and described working with young Khmers "The kids are getting a chance to play at this great venue and they are loving it as it's their national stadium. The kid's manners are fantastic and they are always smiling."

Celtic coach Graham Diamond prepares for a session with key event organiser Christopher Grant (in green jersey on right) looking on.

HFCA would like to place on record our sincerest gratitude to Christopher Grant from Elite Soccer Coaching and Eric Lim from Gateway Cambodia for organising such a great opportunity for Cambodian youth.

Celtic coach PJ Corr (in the Celtic jersey back of the group) talks to the players about the importance of team work. 

HFCA coach Jimmy Campbell said, “Great to see that a famous club like Glasgow Celtic can send some coaches to improve the standard of football in Cambodia. We are truly thankful for their help in trying to improve our young players to become better footballers and better people. We appreciate their help and hope to see them back in Cambodia soon”

To see all the pictures from two great days of football click HERE

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