Thavisinh Phichit Physithxay Vongkhamsy
(KPL) Thavisinh Phichit and Physithxay Vongkhamsy, the selected 12-year-old ambassadors from Laos will be on their way to Russia on June 8th to participate in the 6th Gazprom Football for Friendship International Programme.
They will be joined by kids from over 210 countries around the world, in Moscow.
Thavisinh Phichit selected for the role of a midfielder will be a part of the 32 International Teams of Friendship that will play against each other in the Gazprom Football for Friendship International Championship.
The young footballer will undergo a 3-day training camp in Moscow.
The training camp is scheduled for the young ambassadors to get used to the playing conditions and get ample practice with their team before the start of the championship.
Each International Team of Friendship will be trained by 14-16-year-old young coaches from different countries.
The young footballers will also participate in workshops and sessions, conducted by renowned celebrities.
Thavisinh Phichit, who hails from Vientiane, started playing football at the age of 4. He has participated in football tournaments across the country and has played a pivotal role in getting his team to win the second runners up trophy in the U-12 Soong Choong Ling Cup in China.
He currently plays for the Lob Stadium Academy, and dreams to play for the national team in the future, like his idols, Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal.
A Real Madrid CF fan, this talented, young midfielder believes it is important to promote friendship, equality and peace because he believes that we need each of these three things to brighten our world. Apart from football, this young ambassador also likes to play basketball and table tennis.
At the F4F Programme in Russia, Thavisinh will be accompanied by Physithxay Vongkhamsy, who will act as a young journalist and cover all the local and global activities of the programme as part of the International Children’s Press Center.
The Press Centre acts as hub for the young journalists who gather information, make reports, write news articles and prepare materials on the initiatives implemented as part of the Programme.
Physithxay Vongkhamsy is a football enthusiast who also hails from Vientiane. He started watching football with his father, who himself was a big fan of the game.
His father used to share his personal stories and experiences of the game, which helped Physithxay to develop an interest in football. An avid supporter of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF, his favourite players are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Apart from football, he likes to read and draw in his free time.
Thavisinh Phichit and Physithxay Vongkhamsy will also participate in the Sixth Football for Friendship International Children’s Forum in Russia, which will provide the youngsters an opportunity to meet their peers from other countries, share their experiences, and discuss with famous footballers and journalists on how to promote key values of the F4F Programme around the world. The International Children’s F4F Forum will be participated by famous sportsmen, journalists, and public figures who support the project and provide their thoughts and inspiration to the young athletes.
The young ambassadors will also participate in the Nine Values School programme, where they will be taught about the 9 key values of the F4F programme (friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions and honour) under the guidance of young coaches and the supervision of famous players.
Since 2013, PJSC Gazprom has been organizing the International Children’s social programme Football for Friendship. The key values promoted by the programme participants include friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, tradition and honour. The participants are Young Players (girls and boys, including those physically challenged), as well as Young Journalists covering the F4F events within the framework of the The Football for Friendship International Children’s Press Center. Geographical scope of the programme expand annually: from 8 countries in 2013 to 211 countries in 2018. For the past five years, more than 3,700 people have participated in the programme. Football for Friendship is supported by FIFA, UEFA, International Olympic Committee, football federations of various countries, international children’s charity funds, and world’s leading football clubs.
32 International Teams of Friendship were formed during the Open Draw, as well as playing roles for each Young Player from each country (goalkeeper, defender, midfielder or forward) were determined. After definition of the roles for the Young Players, their coaches will be selected this way: 19 countries which will represent the Young Coaches were defined in an unpredictable manner as a result of an Open Draw, 11 coaches will be chosen from the cities hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, 2 Young Coaches will be selected from the best participants of the previous seasons of the Football for Friendship programme.