Sunday, April 4, 2021

Kitchee Academy Recognized as AFC’s One-Star Academy

Kitchee Academy

Kitchee Academy
Kitchee Academy

Kitchee announced today that Kitchee Academy have been recognized as the first Elite Youth Academy in Hong Kong by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on 23 March 2021. 

Mr. Ken Ng, Founder of the Kitchee Academy, said, "To be recognized by AFC and accredited in its Elite Youth Scheme is a great honour. It is a fantastic impetus for us to redouble our efforts to develop future Hong Kong Team players. At the same time, it is humbling to note that we only achieved a One-Star rating in the 3-Star rating scheme, meaning that we have a lot of room to improve. I challenge our Kitchee colleagues to take this opportunity to consider thoroughly how we can improve our work in youth development."

Kitchee prepared the application to the HKFA and AFC in January 2021. The AFC Youth Panel assessed the Kitchee submission in 20 performance categories such as staffing, plans, sport sciences, facilities, philosophies, and others. 

Under the Elite Youth Scheme, AFC only awarded three elite academies with a 3-Star rating, including Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (South Korea), Aspire Academy (Qatar) and PVF Football Academy (Vietnam). As a result of Kitchee’s accreditation, the HKFA was also qualified as a full member of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme.