News HFCA and world class CJ Coaching sign MOU to 2025

HFCA are proud to announce our new partnership with CJ Coaching, which will ensure that HFCA can continue our work in supporting some of the most underprivileged youth in Cambodia.

With ongoing support from CJ Coaching, we aim to improve the quality of HFCA’s coaching across our existing eight football programs in Phnom Penh & Siem Reap province.

Founded by UEFA Pro Licensed Coach, Colum Curtis, CJ Coaching aims to 'Engage, Educate and Inspire' its players. At CJ Coaching everyone is welcome, from beginners to advanced players, their football programs have been carefully designed to suit the developmental needs of boys and girls aged 4-17 years old.

Classes are coached by their team of UEFA and FA Licensed coaches such as Curtis and Jay Wood. Curtis has coached at the highest level of Cambodian football, winning the Hun Sen Cup as Head Coach of Visakha FC in 2020. Curtis will be coaching in the upcoming AFC Champions League stage for Philippines League Champions Kaya FC.  

All smiles at the announcement as Chanthim Lom, our MC Kounila Keo & Chantou Chum celebrate the new partnership. Image P Grogan

According to Curtis ''CJ Coaching was set up initially to provide students with a premium coaching service throughout Phnom Penh. Football in Cambodia is really in its infancy, from the grassroots to the professional level.  We believe along with everyone that is passionate about the game that we can really develop a passion for the game across the nation at the younger ages." 

Curtis continued to share his thoughts "After initial meetings with HFCA founder Paraic Grogan, it was evident that a partnership with HFCA was the next logical step as we both strive to improve participation and coaching in football throughout Cambodia. HFCA already has a strong foundation and a huge demographic of children that they work with. We hope that we can add to the quality of the many promising programmes already in place." 

(L to R) CJ Coaching Founder Colum Curtis and CJ Coaching brand Ambassador Thierry Chanthabin. Image Supplied

CJ Coaching Brand Ambassador Thierry Chanthabin has enjoyed a successful career playing professionally in Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia. He has represented his country Cambodia 50 times. Thierry’s role within CJ Coaching’s mentorship program gives their players direct access to his knowledge and experience, helping them develop their skills, build confidence, and foster a love for the game.

''I am honoured to be part of the project. CJ Coaching and HFCA will bring more opportunities through sports to young people in Cambodia. I am excited about what the future holds and believe it will be a great venture, driven by two fantastic organisations that will benefit football in Cambodia as a whole." Thierry Chanthabin, CJ Coaching Brand Ambassador

HFCA players Chanthim Lom & Chantou Chum with CJ Coaching's Jay Wood. Image P Grogan

''We are delighted to partner with HFCA, an organization whose core values and purpose align perfectly with that of CJ Coaching.’’
Jay Wood, Chief of Operations, CJ Coaching