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The man himself came to Phuket today to open a FIFA football centre

FIFA Tsunami Football Centre Opens on Phuket

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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PERHAPS the most powerful man in international football, FIFA president Joseph ''Sepp'' Blatter visited Phuket today to open a 40 million baht football centre on Cape Panwa, east of Phuket City.

Phuket's classy football addition, at Ao Nam Bor School, has been named the Tsunami Memorial Football Centre. The money came from FIFA. (Federation Internationale de Football Association.)

With Mr Blatter today at the opening ceremony was the CEO of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation, Paiboon Upatising. The message: ''Football for Hope.''

Scores of students turned out to wave FIFA flags. The centre consists of two playing fields, a fitness centre, a conference room and changing rooms with a storage facility. There is also space for a dormitory for visiting footballers.

''We would like the local authorities to bring people to use this facility,'' Mr Blatter said. ''FIFA's aim is to help young players around the world.

''We remember the 2004 tsunami and we hope this helps some of the young footballers of Phuket to achieve greatness on the playing fields of the world.''

Mr Blatter was due to fly to Bangkok for a meeting with Thailand's Prime Minister tonight.

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Whilst it is great to hear that Phuket has a new field, looking at the supplied pictures I would say it is anything but "World-Class"

Editor: That depends what you are comparing it with. On Phuket, we are comparing it with other areas deprived of any sports fields except rough ground. For a school in a developing country, it's world class. We stick by our claim.

Posted by Footy Lover on September 15, 2009 21:25

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In reply to The Editor, when stating something as "world class" I would have thought this would mean that it is of the highest order and amongst the foremost in the world, which from the pictures it is obviously not. It might be better stating that it is an "excellent school field in a developing country" as that is much more accurate.
On a secondary issue, has access to the field been discussed regarding who can and will be able to use it?

Editor: Phuket children are definitely able to use the field. It was provided by FIFA for their benefit. Tessaban Vichit or Phuket Orborjor would be able to tell you whether others may use it, and when. As the photos show, it's a world-class school field.

Posted by Footy Lover on September 16, 2009 10:46

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I wish the white kids in my country got free stuff ...

Editor: When your country gets hit by a tsunami, Fifa will help out. Football unites people, regardless of their color. Most fans see rainbows.

Posted by Sean on September 16, 2009 15:02

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What is your phone number? in case that I am interesting to send my kids learn football and be part of the center.

Is there any body in the center daily basis?
thanks.

Sam.

Posted by sam on February 24, 2011 14:54


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