Chevrolet Hosts Thai Play for Dream Kids at Manchester United Game in UK
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Chevrolet Hosts Thai ‘Play for Dreams’ Kids at Manchester United Game in UK

Chevrolet Hosts Thai Play for Dream Kids at Manchester United Game in UK

  • Trip to UK is the ultimate prize for five Play for Dream winners
  • Thailand 10-year-old Nattakit Srisombat acts as mascot for Chevrolet during game’s opening ceremony
  • Program involved almost 10,000 children and parents
  • Chevrolet will continue the program in 2015
Chevrolet Hosts Thai Play for Dream Kids at Manchester United Game in UK

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Chevrolet Sales Thailand recently welcomed home the five Thai children who won this year’s inaugural Play for Dreams youth football competition, earning them a trip to the UK to attend a live Manchester United match at Old Trafford Stadium.

Prior to the game, one of the boys, Nattakit Srisombat, 10, of Phramaemary Sathupradit School in Bangkok Province, walked the length of the field with Wayne Rooney, the attacking midfielder and captain for Manchester United team.

“I want to thank Chevrolet for this amazing experience. I will never forget how exciting it was to walk on the field with my hero. It really was a dream-come-true. The most exciting part was seeing all the people in Old Trafford stadium cheering for my favorite team. I feel very happy,” Nattakit said.

Launched in June 2014, the Play for Dreams campaign was also in commemoration of Chevrolet’s first of a seven-year shirt sponsorship of Manchester United football club. Working together with Kiatisuk ‘Zico’ Senamuang, and Zico Foundation – an association dedicated to using football as a development tool’ – Chevrolet searched for Thailand’s best in 10 provinces over a period of two months. At the end of the ten preliminary rounds, with about 3,000 eager children trying out, 20 were selected to attend a football academy in Bangkok. The ‘final’ round produced the five winners who went on the UK trip.

“As I’ve said before, this campaign has been an incredible journey, and I’m sure it is even more incredible for the five children who went all the way to the UK to watch a live Manchester United match,” said Marcos Purty, managing director of General Motors Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand. “I am glad we organized the Play for Dreams campaign. This is not a one-off. We will fulfill more dreams come 2015.”

According to Purty, the campaign engaged almost 10,000 children and parents, generated more than 3,000 unique visitors to its dedicated site, 350 application downloads and more than 7,000 in event traffic.

Upon touchdown at Suvarnabhumi Airport, the entourage’s chaperone and Chevrolet Sales Thailand’s Senior Marketing Manager Piphat Lorgrailert said: “The children had a great trip and I feel so privileged to have been a part of it.

“Seeing the world through children’s eyes is so different. They see many things we do not. More remarkably, what they see is not childish, but may actually be something we adults can emulate. They were so happy, appreciative and free. They just soaked up the new experience. Chevrolet brought some real happiness to these children and I look forward to doing it again next year.”

In addition to Nattakit, there were another four winners of Play for Dreams on the trip, including:

Pobtham Wandee, Prince Royal's College, Chiang Mai province.

Jakkrapong Saenmahung, Chumchon Dongmafai Charoensin School, Sakon Nakhon province.

Nattawut Luangborisut, Thakham Pittayakom School, Chonburi province.

Natthaphat Sitthisuwannakun Assumption Convent Lamnarai School, Lop Buri province.

Samrit Sitthisuwannakun, father of Natthaphat, said: “The Play for Dreams Project is a very good initiative for Thai children, especially for children who live up-country. I admire and thank Chevrolet Thailand for this opportunity.”

In addition to Chevrolet and Zico Foundation, the campaign also involved other parties, including Chevrolet dealers who acted as registration centers and provided logistical support for the campaign during the preliminary rounds.

Play for Dreams is in line with Chevrolet’s ongoing efforts to reach out to children across the world. Towards this end various community programs are already in place including Chevrolet’s ASEP (Automotive Service Educational Program) and nationwide school and library donations. Chevrolet also embarked on a partnership with One World Futbol Project in 2012 and pledged to support the donation and distribution of 1.5 million One World Futbols to organizations working with youths in war-stricken zones, refugee camps, disaster areas and other underprivileged communities around the world.