ENGAGE. CONTRIBUTE. INSPIRE.
These are the guiding principles of our social responsibility program.
We strive to make a difference through young Cambodian well-being; To make a little difference our hotel has choose to help developing futsal in Cambodia with a vision on mid and long term.
We have watched Siem Reap’s relationship with futsal blossom over the last decade. Twelve fields have sprouted up around town in the last few years, hosting friendly matches seven days a week. Futsal is similar to football, but it is played on a smaller pitch with fewer players. In other countries it is played indoors, but here it is played outside – even when it is raining.
Recalling Cambodia’s reputable national team from the early 1960s, we believe the love for football here had been lying dormant for a few decades.
First Futsal League Sparks Fan Frenzy
So we have engaged ourselves to help the new generation to practice futsal and football in order to educate them through the sport’s spirit. Our 1st mission was to create the first competitive futsal league in Siem Reap. The first league raised in September 2015 reuniting 8 of the best teams in town. It ended on 2nd November and was a complete success. The first matches drew a crowd five times bigger than expected, and spectators were pushing up against the netting around the pitch for a closer view every Monday evening – even during heavy rainfall. With seating for just 50 people, 250 people arrived every week.
The 2nd league is still running and had started mid-November and will end early April. It’s reuniting this time 14 teams. The league is called “Irina Super League” and has it’s own facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Irina7SuperLeague/?ref=hl