Kitchee Confirm Yeung Ching Kwong Appointment to Enhance Coach Development


Kitchee Confirm Yeung Ching Kwong Appointment to Enhance Coach Development.

Kitchee announced today that Yeung Ching Kwong has joined Kitchee Academy as senior academy coach. Yeung Ching Kwong's main responsibility would be to assist in coaching development in accordance with the Club's football philosophy. He will also take charge one of the youth teams in next season's elite youth competitions. Yeung Ching Kwong began his professional football career at Kitchee in 1993. After hanging up his boots, he became the head coach of several HKPL teams, as well as the assistant coach and U23 head coach of Meizhou Hakka from China League 1. 

He currently holds an AFC A Licence. One of the key moments in Yeung Ching Kwong's coaching life was leading the Hong Kong U16 team to qualify for the AFC U-16 Championship in 2013. Reflecting on the experience, he believed that a clear vision was the key to further development during the pandemic. 

"We can only hold online trainings for youth teams during the pandemic. This is a unique chance for me and the U7-U10 coaches to establish constant communication, providing a platform for the coaches to understand and utilise the Club's football philosophy and improve their coaching skills." 

Mr. Ken Ng, President of Kitchee Sports Club, expected that Yeung Ching Kwong's joining would strengthen the foundation of the Academy. "Quality coaching determines the success in youth development. We can't develop good players unless our coaches know how to nurture them. Therefore, coaching development is a key aspect on our player development agenda. It is my hope that the Academy will become a source of both youth players and coaches to Hong Kong football." 

Regular trainings and competitions were temporary suspended due to the pandemic. However, Kitchee believed that youth development must move forward to ensure the sustainability of Hong Kong football. Online training classes were held regularly for U14-U18 teams to continue their physical and tactical training. Earlier this month, the Club announced that it will participate in a youth internship programme for youth elite players starting in the 2022-23 season.

Shinichi Chan, Ellison Tsang Yi Hang and Chen Ngo Hin would join the programme organised by Josep Gombau in Spain. Last year, Kitchee Academy became the first football academy in Hong Kong recognised by the Asian Football Confederation as a "One-Star Academy". A Belgian football consultant company, previous provided support for FIFA, was also hired to provide strategic recommendations for the Academy

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