Perhaps it’s a good time to talk about a celebration. A celebration for all the hardwork and dedication for a certain cause. A noble one for sure. 

Recently our good friends at Padangbolasepak (PBS) and their NGO arm,  Persatuan Sukan Rekreasi Malaysia (REKREASI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing with the Football Association of Selangor (FAS). 

The event was held on the 29th of May 2023, at the FAS Indoor Training Facility in Shah Alam. This was followed by two seven-a-side football programs that comprised 56 participants. 

The objective here is to create a synergy that helps to enhance grassroots recreational football across communities from all walks of life. This strategic partnership aims to cultivate and grow a vibrant sporting culture through recreational football and provide opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds to engage in a healthy and active lifestyle.

If you wish to read more about this, you can check the media release from the image below.

Founding Secretary General Mr Khalilul Rahman from PBS-REKREASI, is an avid football activist and has been a prominent voice in promoting social, recreational and amateur football. 

In case you have missed one of our previous episodes, where to talk to Khal on the importance of grassroots and recreational football, this is a good time to have a listen. 

There is always a lot of attention given to elite level football and wanting to get back to the glory days has always been a major priority. However, we need to acknowledge as we speak today that there is a lack of proper football culture, something that has been lost in time over the years. 

So what made us so good back then?

Perhaps the answer lies in grassroots recreational football which played a major component in shaping our society during those times. Hence why, we have always been supportive of the PBS-REKREASI effort in helping grassroot and recreational level.

Beyond that, it is at the recreational and grassroot level where the most innocent aspect of the sport begins. This is where there is no pressure and expectation, just play for the pure love of the game. Once you have developed that love, it can take you to any place you dream of. 

It is our hope that this collaboration will have a knock on effect on other State FAs to reach out to PBS-REKREASI (in case they haven’t) start their programme that aims to help grassroots recreational football.

Meanwhile, if you are in thirst of something refreshing, we would like to give a shoutout to Khal on his new project together with Arief Danial, Better Call Sukan. They have just released their first episode, we would have strongly urged you to give a listen. 

All the best to PBS-REKREASI and FAS on this new chapter and we hope it will turn into a nurturing and fulfilling one. 

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