SCG Muangthong United visited Panyee Island in the Bay of Phang Na today as part of the club's Kick & Share social responsibility program.
The visit benefitted 100 youth who were on hand to meet the club on Panyee. The island is located in the popular bay of Phang Na, nearby the famous "James Bond Island", featured in the 1974 film, "The Man with the Golden Gun," starring Roger Moore.
Panyee Island is certainly less famous than its neighbour, however it is unique. The island does not have enough flat land to build a football pitch. To get around this problem the community strapped together a make-shift field from rafts and old fishing gear. Since then a proper football club has emerged, and the quality of play has steadily improved.
The KICK & SHARE visits are meant to inspire players to push themselves to grow and develop, and at the same time MTUTD is always on the lookout for emerging talent of tomorrow. Talented players may be invited to join the MTUTD Academy system, and in this way the club is seeking to grow the level of player talent in the country.
The visit featured key players from the squad, such as Teerasil Dangda, team captain Datsakorn Thonglo, and striker Mario Gjurovski. The players received souvenirs and small gifts from the children. MTUTD delivered football equipment to the community, and then took some time to play a friendly match, and demonstrated for the kids their skills.
MTUTD midfielder Sarach Yuyen, who used to play for nearby Phuket FC, said, "I knew about this location, and I've always wanted to come here. Even though the field is basic, it is very unique, and floating, and maybe one of the most beautiful locations in the world for a football pitch. I've always wanted to come and meet the kids who played here."
SCG Muangthong United will travel to Phuket next in the 6 day tour, for a friendly match with Phuket FC. The next Thai Premier League fixture will be an away match with Suphanburi FC, a team MTUTD are currently tied with for 2nd spot.