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Enriching young lives through soccer

January 15, 2013

Mohd Sulaiman is the founder of Malaysia’s largest futsal academy that provides coaching for kids in football, futsal, street soccer and beach soccer.


No one understands how unifying and enriching sports can be better than Mohd Sulaiman Gerard Abdullah who has dedicated his life to providing free soccer clinics to orphans and special kids.

Marrying his passion for soccer and his childhood experiences of growing up in a small community in Sentul, Mohd Sulaiman founded City Youth Academy, Malaysia’s largest futsal academy that provides coaching for kids in football, futsal, street soccer and beach soccer.

Mohd Sulaiman says, “The Academy also provides grassroots and youth development programmes. These include training sessions, friendly games, tournaments, exhibition games, sports related programmes for government, private and international schools as well as community service programmes.”

Working with kids from three to 18 years old, Mohd Sulaiman adds, “Besides expanding their social circle, I believe the youth development programmes we offer throughout the year help deter these kids from getting involved in social problems.”

“My biggest goal right now is to create more awareness among the public about the importance of sports in our daily lives. This is especially so in regards to our kids,” Mohd Sulaiman explains.

To this end, Mohd Sulaiman works closely with various parties to promote the Academy. Among these are government agencies like Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of National Unity and Integration and the Kuala Lumpur Municipal Council as well as Sports Planet Malaysia and Liverbird Football Club Malaysia from the private sector.

He adds, “We have also taken the Academy to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Global Peace Festival Malaysia and Prostar Malaysia. Seems like our work is never done!”

Having recently completed a three-day futsal tournament programme and a one-day National Youth Conference with the Ministry of Sports, Mohd Sulaiman says he is now working on a bigger futsal and football project involving some 5,000 kids.

“This endeavour will involve grassroots and youth development programmes for 82 PPR and PPA (People’s Housing Programme developments) in the Klang Valley,” he explains.

Mohd Sulaiman is also planning on launching the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Dream Asia. He explains, “This event is the third edition of Midnight Football that will go nationwide. We are working closely with the Ministry of National Unity and Integration as well as Global Peace Festival Malaysia.”

Right now Mohd Sulaiman says the Academy is making great strides with more and more youth keen to sign up. “To ensure our continued success, we need support whether from the media, NGOs or the government and private sector. Only then can we really bring about a positive change in the lives of our youth.”



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