Playing football

Football Keeps Youngsters Away from Drugs and Crime

Some years ago, while still a student, Pov Phearun began to be increasingly concerned about the destructive influence of drug pushers and criminal gangs on the young people of his village community to the south-east of Phnom Penh. Being an enthusiastic football player (and supporter of Manchester City), Phearun decided to set up a football team for the boys who lived in the village. Using his own money for equipment and training pitch hire, he built up the team steadily, training and motivating the players, enrolling the team in a local league and running evening classes in basic English and computer studies for the team members and their friends. As a keen Christian, Phearun shared his faith with the youngsters. Some trusted in Jesus as Lord and Saviour and found in Him a source of strength to resist the temptations of drugs and crime.

When Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings and travel came in, everything ground to a halt. Phearun suffered a personal tragedy and felt like giving up and moving to a different area. In spite of this, he waited and held on to the faithfulness of God until it was possible to start afresh in late 2021. Now Cambodia for Christ Sports Ministry has three football teams: one for under-17 boys, one for under-15 boys and one for girls.

Cambodian Communities out of Crisis is helping Phearun with the cost of hiring a field for practice in 2022 and we are linking him with sponsors in the UK who can help with providing kit and equipment. If you would like to support Phearun and the teams financially or in any other way we should love to hear from you.