Cardiff City FC and South Korean International footballer Kim Bo-Kyung studies with Cardiff and Vale College
Kim Bo-Kyung, the South Korean and Cardiff City Football Club (CCFC) midfielder will join Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) to study English from January 2013. The special tuition for the international football star is just one initiative of many between CAVC and CCFC, which will strengthen their sporting and education ties.
Cardiff and Vale College has sponsored Cardiff City Football Club for five years and worked with the club and other organisations to develop the Futsal and Education Scholarship, and the House of Sport 1 and 2, where some of the College’s football students train and learn.
For the 2012-2013 season, CAVC sponsors CCFC’s TV News and advertises with two pitch side boards facing the cameras which broadcast the club’s home matches live across Malaysia. The advertising is part of the College’s drive to recruit more international students from the Far East and other regions.
CCFC’s Education Manager, Head of Media and Malaysian Chairman, Dato Chan Tien Ghee, or TG, met with the College’s Vice Principal for Income Diversification, Head of Commercial Services and Head of Marketing in November to discuss how the club and the College can work together. The club and the College are now exploring the offer of English language teaching to the club’s international players.
As part of this, Kim Bo-Kyung, the South Korean and CCFC midfielder, who scored his debut league goal in the 4-1 away win at Blackburn on the 7th December, will learn English with Cardiff and Vale College’s expert English tutors. Kim will visit the College’s Parade site on 11th December to meet some of the other international students at the College and answer questions about his experiences.
Kim Bo-Kyung said: “I am happy to be studying at Cardiff and Vale College in 2013.
Everyone has been very helpful and supportive.”
CCFC and CAVC are also discussing other initiatives, such as supporting the club’s 1MCC (One Malaysia Cardiff City) education and football project, with the club and TG also helping the College attract international students from Malaysia and beyond.
CCFC Chairman TG said: “Education is important to me and it’s important that any aspiring footballer has qualifications to match their footballing talent. This is the message the club spreads through the 1MCC project. Cardiff and Vale College want to attract more Malaysian students to the College and Cardiff, and we are discussing how we can help them meet their goals.”
Judy Williams, CAVC Vice Principal for Income Diversification and Social Collaboration said: “I was delighted at how successful the club’s 1MCC project has become and was honoured to meet TG and hear about his background and the progress of the club. His passion for education and the region were clear to see, and we share his passion and hope we can work together successfully.”
CCFC Education Manager Stephen Ellis added: “Cardiff City FC Education are delighted to see further collaboration with CAVC which can only enhance our education programmes across the community of South Wales. We are delighted to be working with the College and hope this will be further developed with our coaching and education programmes in Malaysia.”
Cardiff and Vale College already hosts students from the United Arab Emirates on Aerospace courses, from China on Summer and Winter schools and from across Europe on vocational and International English courses.
CAVC has just agreed to host a group of 30 Chinese students in February 2013 in a four week winter school and will be taking the students to a CCFC game as part of their cultural experience.