By Luqman Hakim
Parents are encouraged to send their children, especially those who are talented in football to join the DrZ Football Academy. Established in 2016, the academy has produced many talented footballers from Ipoh, including primary school students below 12 years old.
Director and founder of DrZ Football Academy, Zool Hilmi Md Aris said the main objective of the academy was to unveil new footballing talents that could one day be promoted to the next level.
In addition, he said, the young player will also be exposed by participating in regional tournaments.
“The DrZ Football Academy was established for the past three years at SK Pakatan Jaya and is now expanding with the second DrZ Academy branch in Meru Ipoh,” he said.
The opening ceremony of the Drz Meru Football Academy was officiated by Ahmad Sarji Abdullah, SK Chepor Curriculum Senior Assistant on 9 November.
The former Perak football player in the 90s, Zool, said about 400 registered players attended DrZ Academy for both branches. Players are also exposed to participating in outdoor games.
“The best academy achievement so far is the local tournament champions under eight years old and under 10 years old, runner-up for the under 12 and 14 years old for the year 2019,” he said. All the coaches who have been selected to be in the DrZ are former players as well as former presidential and national futsal coaches. Among them is the Head Coach and DrZ Meru branch manager, Mohd Azahar, assisted by DrZ Meru Assistant Director, Mohd Halim,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zool hopes more talented players will sign up and join the DrZ Academy in an effort to produce more talented players to be featured in the future. Training sessions will be held weekly on Saturdays & Sundays. Training hours are from 8am to 10am at the DRZ Tambun, SK Pakatan Jaya and SK Chepor DRZ Meru.
For parents interested in enrolling their children, please contact Halim’s assistant manager 019 558 9129 or Dr Zool 012 522 8756.