By Muhammad Nabil
The unrivalled Million Dollar Feet campaign arrived at a pronounced conclusion where two young Malaysian boys received their scholarships with the distinguished Brook House College, the most prestigious football academy in the United Kingdom.
Led along by Ex-Liverpool legend & MDF Head Coach Steve McMahon and MDF Founder & Director of Football, Peter de Kretser, the two young gentlemen were presented with their scholarships in ceremonious fashion by guest of Honour – H.E Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner to Malaysia in an exclusive gathering held at the official residence.
The journey, which started with a nationwide search for young prodigious footballing talent ultimately ended on a high with the selection of two finalists travelling to the UK with gleaming hopes of leaving a mark on Europe’s best club scouts and academies within the famed Nottingham Forrest training complex. Both Adam Roshan Kris Azman (aged 13) and Muhd Yusry Haziq (aged 14) impressed scouts from top flight clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton in hopes of landing a professional contract.
After a lengthy period of persuasion and discussions, it was apparent that Brook House College was the right destination for both players, offering the boys a two-year scholarship worth a total of RM1 million and an opportunity to join the academy team whilst retaining the ability to pursue a high level of academic qualification. Situated in the heart of Leicestershire, the exclusive college houses world class facilities and training for the best new upcomers around the world. Conceived in 2008 as part of the esteemed Brooke House College, the academy now has 70 budding stars aged 12 to 19, who undergo training under the tutelage of qualified FA coaches.
The MDF program, which has the support of the Ministry of Education and a number of state associations, has delivered on its promises and much more. “Setting the bar at providing young aspiring footballers with an opportunity to impress top clubs was what we wanted to achieve – we couldn’t guarantee a happy ending. Having this fairy-tale finish is a true delight and I’m extremely proud and happy for the lads and their families on what I hope is a life-changing opportunity,” remarked de Kretser, Founder & Director of Football.
Head Coach, Steve McMahon added, “Football is a hotly disputed topic in Malaysia and quite often the lyrics are negative. Today, we have seen that good things can happen in Malaysian football and we plan to continue this momentum moving forward. I’ve seen young footballers from all over the world and these two boys more than deserve this wonderful chance at making the big-time!
“It’s always a marvellous occasion when we are able to celebrate young talent and with Million Dollar Feet™. I’m thrilled to acknowledge and endorse this terrific opportunity and the symbiotic relationship between young Malaysian footballers and one our greatest British exports, Football! We can only hope that both Adam and Yusry go on to do wonderful things,” said Treadell, British High Commissioner.
Million Dollar Feet™ is set for a return in 2017 with a selection of new locations, extra age bracket inclusions, new celebrity coaches and more. The programme will be launched in June this year and potential candidates can always look out for news on MDF’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/milliondollarfeet.
Million Dollar Feet™ is presented by Brickfields Asia College and sponsored by New Balance,Kenny Rogers ROASTERS, 100 Plus, LAC Packaging and Printing Press, and Anita Gift and Souvenir in support of EduNation.