Mr. Pamuke came up with 2 projects; one being “Phuket FC To School”, where he, head coach and the team manager, each with 3 players, visit schools in Phuket to introduce themselves and the team at their morning assembly and anthem ceremony.
This week Mr. Pamuke visited Phuket Municipality School on Phulphol Road. He told the students about the team and advised them that football can become a real job that one can earn a living on.
He said “Playing football is no longer boys past time. Playing football, apart from helping you gain your physical strength, teaching you teamwork and sharing with friends, can also become a paying job. These footballers here are being paid tens of thousands of baht a month. Some footballers get a hundred, two hundred thousand per month. Some of them are still in university, study, play football and earn money. So if you are playing football, and you are talented, one day it might become your job and you can be like them. This is even more so now that we have Phuket FC. If you’re talented, if you want to play football, here is your chance. You have a good team, good footballers that can be your role models, if you learn from them, one day you may join Phuket FC and be part of our team. Be part of our Phuket pride. This is what I was thinking when I decided to jump on board with Phuket FC. This is our town, this is OUR team. ”
“Uncle Muke wants young people like yourselves to be able to enjoy the game, to watch football and experience the spirit of the sport, this year you will get free entry to every game if you wear your school uniform to the game. Last year children’s tickets were 20 Baht but this year, if you wear your uniform, or show your student ID, you get in for free. But your pa and ma still have to pay 100 Baht each, even if they wear school uniform” this earning him a good laugh from all the children who promised they will go to the games for him, for Phuket Pride.
Mr. Pamuke told me that he has every intention to make Phuket FC a household name, one other thing people will think about when they hear the world “Phuket”, not just the beaches, the island paradise, but also football. And since he sees that this is not a one-man show but everyone’s town, he wants to include as many people as possible into Phuket FC’s growth and future. Phuket FC will still have many other projects with local communities, he says.
The other brainchild project of Mr. Pamuke is “Phuket FC Football Clinic for Students”. Head coach and football players visit schools to have 1-2 hours of basic football training with students. This week Mr. Choochai Angkabkaew, assistant team manager and 3 Muslim football stars, Ninuruddin Nide-ha, Sakareya Kolea and Phuketian Arwut Nuchet visited Muslim Witthaya Phuket in Koh Kaew, to have a training session with 144 students aged 7-16 years old.
This is their 3rd football clinic since Mr. Pamuke came up with the idea and launched the program. The feedback has been positive. Many parents and students said thank you for reaching out to communities and schools and also said that the children are very happy to meet with footballers and they feel like part of the team, which is exactly what Mr. Pamuke has in mind.
Mr. Pamuke will continue his “Phuket FC To School” every week on Tuesday morning until schools’ summer break, and he’ll resume the same again in the next semester.
Football clinics will also run twice a month, usually Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, 2-3pm. Schools that wish to have Phuket FC visit for a football clinic can contact the Phuket FC office at email@example.com for more information.