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Cathay Pacific Manchester United Soccer Schools Scholarship winners named

27 Sep 2004


Cathay Pacific Airways today hosted the Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS) Skills Test Day at the Hong Kong Football Club to decide the 30 winners of the scholarships to the Premiership club's training school.

Cathay Pacific believes as long as the young people of Hong Kong have dreams and are provided with opportunities to work at them, there is no limit to what they can achieve. Cathay Pacific Marketing General Manager Charlie Stewart-Cox said: “Cathay Pacific congratulates the top student footballers awarded Cathay Pacific Players Scholarships for the Manchester United Soccer Schools in Hong Kong. We are very happy the scholarship brings Hong Kong youth a step forward in fulfilling their dreams and we will continue to bring more opportunities to them through our international sports and cultural sponsorships and events.”

The four top scorers among the 60 invited participants were named Cathay Pacific Soccer Player Scholarship recipients today while 26 other student scholarship recipients will be notified within three days. The Cathay Pacific-sponsored scholarships will cover the full enrolment fee (HK$4,500 on weekdays, HK$5,400 on weekends) for the Manchester United Soccer Schools, the Club's first in Asia, presented by Cathay Pacific.

After bringing the first ever Manchester United Soccer Schools to Asia, Cathay Pacific sought to extend the benefits of the world-class soccer instruction programme to all local youth, by establishing the Cathay Pacific Soccer Player Scholarship Programme for talented young players aged 12 to 15 who did not have the opportunity or resources to independently enrol in the programme.

After submitting written applications in September, 60 student applicants were selected on the basis of their academic and football achievements, personal recommendations from teachers and creative writing samples to attend the Manchester United Soccer Schools Skill Test Day. The Day featured a series of skills tests, moderated by MUSS coaches David Rouse and former England player Mike Duxbury, to help winnow the applicants from 60 to the final 30.

The skills testing was broken into five sessions, each named after famous Manchester United footballers known for their skill in the tested area including Roy Keane (Short Passing), Rio Ferdinand (Lofted Passing), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Shooting), Paul Scholes (Ball Control) and Ryan Giggs (Dribbling). Each of the tasked sections featured life-size cut-out images of the players in the training.

The Skills Test Day in Hong Kong was run along similar lines to that in the United Kingdom. The participants were grouped into two age categories and tasked with completing the individual skills areas, after which they were awarded points on a scale weighted for their specific age on their abilities in each skill. The four top performers with the highest scores across all areas won the MUSS Players Scholarships outright, while the 26 remaining top performers will be notified individually.

The Cathay Pacific Manchester United Soccer Schools Players Scholarships will enable the youth to participate in the first ever Manchester United Soccer Schools in Asia presented by Cathay Pacific. The Manchester United Soccer Schools will be staged at the Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley and at the Lingnan University in Tuen Mun from 1 October until 12 March 2005.

Mr. Charlie Stewart-Cox, General Manger Marketing, Cathay Pacific (middle in suit), MUSS coaches Mr. David Rouse, Mr. Mick Duxbury, Mr. Andy Cheung and Mr. Darren Tan took a group picture with 60 students at today’s Cathay Pacific Soccer Players Scholarship Programme Skills Test Day
Mr. Charlie Stewart-Cox, General Manger Marketing, Cathay Pacific (middle in suit) takes a picture with the top 4 scorers in the event. A total of 30 students will be fully sponsored by Cathay Pacific to attend the Manchester United Soccer Schools in Hong Kong
A student attending shows off some skills at the event
A student attending shows off some skills at the event