NFABD, AFC conduct seminar as part of under-14 football festival
Sunday, July 24, 2016

AFC Head of Social Responsibility Dr Annathurai Ranganathan (R) speaks to the participants of the seminar at the NFABD Office in Berakas. Picture: Courtesy of NFABD

THE National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) organised a seminar themed — Holistic Development through Social Responsibility.

The one-day seminar at the NFABD Office in Berakas was held in conjunction of the second Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Regional Festival of Football that will kick-off on Tuesday.

A total of 50 participants from the government and private sectors took part in the seminar which was facilitated by a number of professionals.

AFC Head of Social Responsibility, Dr Annathurai Ranganathan delivered a talk on ‘Social Responsibility and Development in Football’. NFABD Technical Director Mike Wong touched on the issue of social engagement ‘How we use Football as Tool for Social Development’.

Dr Danish Zaherudin, Chief Officer at Sports Medicine and Research Centre of the Youth and Sports Department presented a slide on ‘Anti Doping’, while, Dr Rachvind Singh delivered a topic on ‘Health Awareness’.

NFABD general secretary Pg Hj Mohiddin Pg Badarudin in his welcome speech highlighted the importance of social development in football. “Football is arguably an integral part of global society and the world’s most popular sport to play a valuable role in driving social development,” said Pg Hj Mohiddin.

“We are lucky to have these distinguished gentlemen to deliver the topics of this seminar, they are experts in their own field.

“With this package of one-day seminar I hope all the participants today would gain the values and knowledge with regard to holistic development through social responsibility.

“NFABD with the continuous support from the AFC is consistently planning towards a more holistic and positive approach to giving back to society, spreading awareness and youth social

development by using football as the medium,” he added.

A total of 180 players from 10 ASEAN countries with the others: Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Mynamar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam will be competing at the four-day festival. The first match will see host Brunei taking on Myanmar following the opening ceremony at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas

The main aim of the festival is to provide a continuous player development pathway from the grassroots to the elite level and ensure a smooth transition for elite players to the national team.

Sanctioned by AFC, the festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and other related agencies.


Source: The Brunei Times


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