Organizer Justin Barnett of
Tesco Lotus (second from right) put it all together.
One of the highlights of the
afternoon was when the children were given autographed soccer balls.
John and Ian taking questions
from the audience.
The presentation began with a
cheerleading performance to warm up the crowds.
The Liverpool legends John
Barnes (second from left) and Ian Rush (second from right).
To make that penalty kick a
success you must…..
Plenty of autographs for all
those who attended the clinic.
The lucky students getting
some tips from the pros.
Liverpool legends Ian Rush and John Barnes landed in
Chiang Mai last Friday afternoon to conduct a series of football clinics for
underprivileged school children at Tesco Lotus Kamtieng store.
Over 200 students and onlookers of all ages turned up to meet the football
stars, hear them provide some playing tips, get autographs and some lucky
ones even went away with signed footballs to treasure forever.
Last year, Tesco Lotus hosted a football clinic in Bangkok with Ian Rush
which proved so successful it was decided to follow up this year with a
visit to Chiang Mai and Phuket and bringing along fellow Liverpool star John
“We are delighted to welcome Ian Rush and John Barnes to Thailand”, said
Tesco Lotus Senior Corporate Affairs Advisor Justin Barnett. “The clinic
last year was a big hit with the children so we had to include Chiang Mai
and Phuket as well.”
The clinics are a fitting prelude to the second Tesco Lotus Futsal
Supermatch Tournament which will begin this month.
The Tesco Lotus Futsal Supermatch is a nationwide tournament of Futsal
(5-a-side football) for Tesco Lotus customers, which attracted 440,000
players in 2006.
Ian Rush is best remembered as Liverpool’s leading goal-scorer with 346
goals for the club between 1980 and 1996. During this period he gained
medals as the winner in 3 FA Cups and 5 League Championships. He was No 3 in
a fans’ poll of “100 Players that shook the Kop”
John Barnes is another Liverpool legend with 407 appearances and 108 goals
for the club between 1987 and 1997, taking 2 League Championship medals and
helping Liverpool to the 1988/89 FA Cup. John Barnes also played for England
in the 1986 and 1990 World Cups.