MILO Hosts MILO Futsal Champion 2015 Final competing for scholarships and trophy

To Press Releases listBangkok,Sep 23, 2015

Nestlé (Thai) Ltd.’s MILO Beverage and MILO Breakfast Cereals hosted the annual MILO Futsal Champion 2015 tournament in partnership with the Department of Physical Education, Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Office of the Basic Education Commission under the Ministry of Education.

This national tournament is the biggest futsal event for Thai kids and youth between the ages of seven and 15 years old. It encourages them to live a healthy, active lifestyle and participate in sports, which benefits the physical and mental development of growing children, as well as providing them with knowledge about nutrition. With 40 teams in the final round, players will demonstrate their footwork skills on the pitch while competing for academic scholarships worth a total of 600,000 baht.

The winning team in the 13 to 15-year-old category will also have the special honour of receiving a trophy bestowed by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Mrs. Audrey Liow, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Indochina, led the Nestlé executive team consisting of Mr. Chaiyong Sakulborrirug, Business Executive Manager - Dairy & Adult Nutrition; Mr. David Carter, Country Business Manager - CPW Indochina; and Mr. Eugene Chan, Director of Communications and Marketing Services, who joined to open the final round of the tournament and support the teams.

Another key highlight of the day was a friendly match between the MILO Activ-Go and the MILO Cereal teams, led by celebrities Warinthon "Great" Panhakarn, Nawat “Pong” Kulrattanarak, Suriyon "Deaw" Aroonwattanakul, Kornpob "Joke So Cool" Janjarearn.

Mr. Chaiyong Sakulborrirug, Business Executive Manager - Dairy & Adult Nutrition of Nestlé (Thai) Ltd., said, “MILO is determined to produce youth-centered products that are both delicious and nutritious, as well as encourage kids to pursue sports activities, which are important for their mental and physical well being. The MILO Futsal Champion 2015 tournament reflects this ideology.

It is the biggest national futsal competition for children between the ages of seven and 15, with teams divided into four different age groups: 7 to 8 years old, 9 to 10 years old, 11 to 12 years old, and 13 to 15 years old. We are humbled to have a trophy bestowed by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as the winning prize for the 13 to 15-year-old category.

We believe that the MILO Futsal Champion 2015 tournament serves as a platform for children to increase their physical activity and develop a sense of sportsmanship, which will help them to contribute to the future of Thai society.”

Mr. David Carter, Country Business Manager - CPW Indochina, said, “In addition to organising the MILO Futsal Champion 2015 tournament, which serves as a venue for children to practice their footwork and encourages participation in sports, MILO also provides important nutritional information for parents of growing children. Consuming nutritious food and beverages contributes to the steady and healthy growth of a child, so they become healthy adults who are equipped to participate in any sport.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and children should eat nutritious meals such as MILO beverage and MILO Breakfast Cereals. Today’s MILO Futsal Champion 2015 tournament has 500 children from 40 teams participating in the final round of competition. I would like to congratulate everyone who made it to this round and also those who are here to support their friends. Everyone is considered a true champion today.”

Warinthon "Great" Panhakarn, an actor and avid sportsman, said, “Football has always been a hobby of mine. I’ve participated in MILO futsal tournaments before and think it’s a really great event and a good way for Thai youth to showcase their skills. It’s really great to see how determined the kids are and I believe we’ll have lots of skilled futsal players in Thailand’s future.
A little message for those who didn’t win today – don’t give up, don’t stop training, and see you next year!”

Heartthrob actor Nawat "Pong" Kulrattanarak said he was very impressed with the skills displayed today. “Aside from watching all the kids play well in the tournament, I also got to participate in the friendly match, which was lots of fun and a great way to exercise. It’s important to balance exercise with proper eating.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I love to have cereal that is made from whole grain ingredients and a beverage that contains milk, as it provides healthy nutrients that help you kickstart the day and gives you the energy to enjoy activities. I’d like to thank MILO for inspiring the kids and getting them out here to showcase their talent today.”
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