Premier League Asia Trophy

Asia Trophy community events revealed

01/06/2017
Mark Bright coaching schoolkids at the Premier League Asia Trophy launch

Referee Bobby Madley to coach Hong Kong officials and female coaches to receive training

As well as the action on the pitch in the Premier League Asia Trophy, the Premier League will be helping the development of football in Hong Kong and wider Asia over the course of the week in July when the tournament takes place.

More details have emerged of the community activities and fan engagement events that will be held next month, with match officials and females coaches in Hong Kong as well as coaches in mainland China set to benefit.

Hong Kong 2013 flags assistant refs
Match officials from the Hong Kong FA received coaching at the 2013 Asia Trophy

Aspiring match officials from the Hong Kong FA referee training academy will enjoy learning from the very best when they participate in a a Premier Skills referee course led by Premier League match official Bobby Madley.

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During the Asia Trophy a Premier Skills coach workshop focusing on training women and encouraging female participation will take place as will a Premier Skills community festival to showcase all activities that went on over the week.

Referee Bobby Madley
Referee Bobby Madley will lead a Premier Skills session for Hong Kong officials

On mainland China, in nearby Shenzhen, Premier Skills will also be conducting a Coach Education training programme as part of the Premier League's longstanding activity in helping the game to develop in the country.

The Premier League will also host a conference in Hong Kong with the Asian Football Confederation, focusing on social development through football.

"The football will be centre stage but we will also have a great programme of community activities, partner collaboration and courses running over the week, in partnership with the Hong Kong Football Association and Asian Football Confederation to support the development of the game at all levels," said Richard Masters, the Premier League Managing Director.

Hong Kong Football Association Chief Executive Mark Sutcliffe said: "Our objective is to ensure that all football stakeholders including fans, media, coaches, officials and administrators enjoy and learn from this wonderful occasion."

See: Behind the scenes with Bobby Madley on matchday

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