The Korea Football Association and the Pony Chung Foundation awarded scholarships to junior high school youth players.
The Korea Football Association held the ‘7th Pony Chung Foundation-KFA Scholarship Award Ceremony’ together with the Pony Chung Foundation at the Soccer Hall in Jongno-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 3rd.
At the event, scholarships were awarded to 60 male and female middle school players, including Choi Hyuk-soon (Jumunjin Middle School)안전놀이터 and Park Hee-gang (Jinju Girls’ Middle School). There were 41 male players and 19 female players, and a total of 120 million won was paid, 2 million won per person.
Players eligible for scholarships included players who showed excellent skills and growth potential last year, as well as players who overcame difficult family circumstances and showed active performances.
It was selected by the Korea Football Association after receiving recommendations from the Provincial Football Association, the Women’s Football Federation, and the Professional Football Federation.
The Pony Chung Scholarship award ceremony started in 2015 and has been held every year. Players recently active in the men’s and women’s national teams, such as Jung Sang-bin (Switzerland Grasshopper), Yang Hyun-jun (Gangwon FC), and Lee Eun-young (Korea University), received this scholarship in the past when they were middle school students.
The Pony Chung Foundation was established in 2005 to carry on the innovative spirit and talent-oriented philosophy of the late Chung Se-young, honorary chairman of Hyundai Development Company. It awards scholarships and operates support programs to outstanding talents in various fields of society.
Chung Mong-gyu, head of the Korea Football Association, said in a greeting at the event, “Hyundai Motor Company Chairman Jeong Se-young, who developed Korea’s first domestic automobile ‘Pony’ in 1975, was very interested in discovering young talent.” Of course, I hope that he will grow into a great player with culture and character and become a figure who leads Korea in the future.”