RMIT Vietnam students recently gave disadvantaged children from orphanages the opportunity to play soccer with students from international schools and the sports institute in Ho Chi Minh City.
Two RMIT Vietnam Professional Communication students, Tran Nhat Tan and Dao Phuong Thanh, joined to create the Brothers Soccer Clinics to support disadvantaged kids with personal development through playing their favourite sports.
They set up the clinics through 5giosang, a non-profit organisation established to help the disadvantaged children a chance to play, self-discover and self-develop via football playing. Another RMIT Vietnam alumnus, Dang Thu Huong, was the co-founder of 5gio sang.
The event manager of Brothers Soccer Clinics event, Tran Nhat Tan said, “We want to remove the gap between rich and poor and the differences of languages, culture and education.
“After five years of establishing and developing, 5gio sang decided to form Brothers Soccer Clinics to create an opportunity for disadvantaged children under 15 years old to maximise their ability in sport.”
Within this project, 5gio sang established the ‘Seeding Team’ with former Vietnamese national players helping children to play, develop, connect with each other and shine via football training, tournament and teambuilding. This team included 100 players from orphanages and international schools in Ho Chi Minh City.
5gio sang has received positive feedback from well-known brands including The Consular Club of Ho Chi Minh City, LIN Foundation and California Yoga & Fitness Centre.
Representative of the Consular Club of Ho Chi Minh City Piers Smith said, “You have every right in the world to feel extremely proud of what you have done! It was a phenomenal competition, and I was amazed to witness the skills, determination, team spirit, and wonderful attitudes of all kids.”
In 2015, 5gio sang continued to provide a facility football playground at Ky Hoa soccer field and coach ‘Seeding Team’ to learn and play football in every Saturday and Sunday. After that, the team was divided in smaller teams to compete with each other.
The Brothers Soccer Clinic 2015 was launched on the last weekend of November from 7:00am to 6:00pm at RMIT Vietnam Sport field.
Story: Duyen Le