The Australian national team has received extra support in their preparations for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, meeting with Playmakers and young fans during their training camp in Dubai.
The Playmakers, who are community ambassadors for the AFC Asian Cup, brought their support and enthusiasm to their national heroes as they added excitement to the training session.
The Socceroos, who are in Dubai for their training ahead of a game against Kuwait, got a taste of the support that they will receive in less than three months’ time when they return to the UAE for the biggest ever AFC Asian Cup.
15-year old Jessica from Australia, a member of the Local Organising Committee’s Playmakers Programme, helping to bring football to the community ahead of the AFC Asian Cup, met with the team during a training session in Dubai, commenting:
“It’s great to be able to meet the team and that they now know they have great support from Australian fans who live in the UAE.
“My whole family love football and the Socceroos and I really can’t wait to tell all my friends that I met the team and watched a training session. Its made me even more excited to watch the games in January at the AFC Asian Cup.
“As a Playmaker, I want to bring the Australian community together ahead of the tournament and give the manager and players the best support possible for their games.”
Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold was happy to have his squad spending time in the region, adding:
“Training camps are key to ensuring the squad all know what is expected going into a major tournament and it gives everybody good time to get to know each other and bond, especially as we have new players in the squad.
“Being in the UAE before the tournament has allowed us to sample the climate and culture so there are no surprises going into the Asian Cup. Already being here we have received a great welcome and met with passionate supporters during training sessions, so I’m sure the team will be backed by great support from those living in the UAE and travelling form Australia.”
With over 310 individuals now close to representing all 24 of the competing nations,
the response to the Playmakers programme has been overwhelmingly positive. Many UAE-based embassies and business councils confirmed their interest in helping to communicate tournament news, offers and developments.
There is still time for more football enthusiasts to become Playmakers and make a difference in their communities. Dedicated individuals can represent their countries as community ambassadors, generating their own events, social media campaigns and excitement around the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, by registering their interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
Australia are in Group B of the biggest ever AFC Asian Cup, with games in Al Ain and Dubai as they face Jordan, Palestine and Syria with tickets available for all group games via www.the-afc.com