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PHUKET: Phuket Soccer Schools (PSS) participated in the annual Youth Football Home (YFH) Soccer Tournament in Thalang last weekend.

The tournament saw the finest juniors teams on the island compete in two age groups, with players represented at Under 11 (U11) and U13 levels. Each age group consisted of 10 teams in two groups of five.

Saturday saw each team play four group matches before the top four teams reached the quarterfinals on Sunday.

The PSS Academy U11 squad were unlucky to go down 0-1 to the hosts YFH in their opening match but they bounced back to beat Headstart 5-1 (after conceding an early goal). Khun Fard scored a great hat-trick, with Joe H and Poom also hitting the back of the net for PSS.

The next match saw the U11’s tie a close game with Plukpanya 0-0 and then finish their group matches with Joe H scoring a long range rocket in a 2-0 win against Hong Yok. This final result meant PSS Academy finished 3rd in their group and met Kata Group in the quarterfinal.

The match started tight with both teams looking to keep the ball and work some opportunities. Kata Group opened the scoring midway through the game and with PSS pushing up to equalize Kata Group scored again on the break and went on to win the match 2-0.

This left the PSS Academy U11’s as losing quarter finalists but the team showed great endeavor and enthusiasm throughout the whole weekend. Kata Group went on to lose the final of the U11 division to Bang Jo United on penalties after a 1-1 tie in regular time.

PSS Tournament Man of the Match went to Fard for his overall work rate and excellent attacking play.

PSS Academy U13 played in the same set up as the U11’s with four group matches on the Saturday before the play offs began on Sunday. The U13 squad had a lot of possession in their first game and created many chances but were unable to capitalize as they tied 0-0 against Kata Group.

Up next they played a strong Nong Film FC team who were visiting from Buriram. Nong Film passed the ball well and had a clinical striker, with the match finishing 5-1 to the Buriram team.

The U13’s then played the hosts YFH in their 3rd group game. The game was end-to-end stuff and PSS Academy took the lead early on through Danny P, before YFH hit back with two goals to take the lead themselves. Jakk S then went on to score two more unanswered PSS Academy goals as the U13’s went on to record their first victory of the tournament with a 3-2 scoreline.

The final match of the day saw PSS Academy play an experienced Para FC team. Despite an even start to the match, Para FC stepped up a gear and went on to easily win the match 5-2, with Peter K and Ian S finding the net for PSS Academy.
PSS Academy finished third in their group and played their quarter final against Hong Yok FC. PSS Academy’s defended extremely well and scored 2 goals from Jakk S free kicks to come out 2-0 winners. This meant they played Plukpanya in the semifinals and despite PSS Academy giving it their all, Plukpanya were just too experienced and went on to win the match 5-2 with Jakk S scoring both goals.

PSS had one more game as they met YFH again in the 3rd/4th play off match. This time around chances were few and far between as both teams defended deeper to prevent any mistakes. PSS Academy were able to score the only goal of the game through top scorer Jakk S and held on to win 1-0 and claim a well deserved 3rd place trophy. Plukpanya went on to win the U13 division with a 2-0 victory against Para FC in the final. Jakk Street earned the Tournament Man of the Match award for the eight goals in seven games he scored over the weekend.

The tournament was a great experience and learning curve for the PSS Academy players and the coaches were happy with the performances from their teams. The knowledge the young players gained will put them in good stead for future tournaments.

PSS Head Coach Martin Hill said “we always look forward to this prestigious tournament in Thalang. Our club was well supported on the touch lines from fans and parents, and the teams responded with some great footballing moments that will remain with us forever. Tournaments also give you a good insight as to where we are in the footballing world of Phuket and we are moving in the right direction. Many thanks to the YFH organizers and referees who made the weekend a well run event”

Phuket Soccer Schools will be running a 4v4 tournament on today at TSLC for U9’s and U12’s and also a soccer camp for ages 5 to 12 during the week of October 15 to 19 at BIS, for more information on this and our coaching / academy program please e-mail

— Martin Hill

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70% of Phuket’s tourism businesses are closed, many for good

Caitlin Ashworth



70% of Phuket’s tourism businesses are closed, many for good | The Thaiger

Most tourism businesses in Phuket have closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and they probably won’t be up and running again until foreign tourists are let back in Thailand. Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew says around 70% of tourism businesses have closed, most of them just temporarily, but some have shut down permanently. But the statistics are not quite that simple, with the east side of the island, largely inhabited by locals with the central business district of Phuket Town and some of the more popular expat towns, doing far better than the tourist magnets of the west coast. The Thaiger estimates that on the west coast the number would exceed 90%.

Before the pandemic, tourism to Phuket brought in 450 billion baht a year with 400 billion baht from foreign visitors while the other 50 billion baht was from domestic tourists. Thailand has been trying to increase domestic tourism to help revive the industry after the pandemic. Phuket’s governor says it helps, but not enough.

“Their visits can help solve some of our economic problems, but they cannot replace the need of foreign tourists.”

66.8% of tourism businesses in Phuket have closed temporarily while 2.8% have closed permanently, according to data by the Digital Economy Promotion Agency. (Again the percentage along the west coast is MUCH higher – just take a drive through Paton, Kat, Karon). Phuket’s governor is trying figure out how to recover the economy. And fast.

“By the end of September, the number of businesses to be closed will increase up to 70% for sure.”

While many businesses are closed, the governor says Phuket is “almost 100% ready to welcome foreign tourists.” The governor says he can’t give an answer to when foreign tourists will arrive in Phuket, but he claims they’ve “prepared every step,” from checking in at the airport to hotel quarantine. They’re just going to install some new temperature check machines at the Phuket International Airport and review the procedures for welcoming the tourists.

“We have to work and prepare carefully to welcome foreign tourists… We have to gradually open our door to welcome small groups of people first, in order to test our system, and then open for bigger groups.”

At the moment, only 3 venues in Phuket have been approved to operate as alternative state quarantine facilities. Anantara Phuket Suites & Villas has 100 rooms available, Anantara Mai Khao Phuket has 36 villas and Trisara resort has 15 villas. All are 5 star venues with a commensurate 5 star cost.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Thailand’s Social Security Office forced to explain investment in Sri Panwa Phuket Resort trust fund

Maya Taylor



Thailand’s Social Security Office forced to explain investment in Sri Panwa Phuket Resort trust fund | The Thaiger
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The Social Security Office, a department under the direction of Thailand’s Ministry of Labour, is being asked to explain its investment in the trust fund of Phuket’s Sri Panwa Phuket Resort. The demand comes as members of the opposition and political activists call for an investigation into the property’s land rights. The owner of Sri Panwa Phuket, Vorasit Issara, has been condemned online recently, with his property attracting multiple negative reviews, after he criticised anti-government protest leader, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul.

Thai PBS World reports that the Civil Society for State Welfare is calling on the SSO to clarify its investment in the Sri Panwa Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust, thought to be worth around 500 million baht. Nimit Thian-udom says that, while the SSO’s investment does not break any laws, the board must explain the reasons behind the investment decision and clarify the return on that investment. In addition, he says the SSO should attach more importance to good governance when choosing where to invest.

The call for clarity is echoed by opposition MP Chirayu Huangsap, from the Pheu Thai Party, who calls on the Labour Minister to explain the investment. He adds that any discrepancies will be reported to both the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission.

The land rights of the luxury Sri Panwa Phuket resort, which sits on prime land atop Phuket’s Cape Panwa, overlooking the south-eastern tip of the island, are also being called into question. Veera Somkwamkid, from the People’s Network Against Corruption, says he is looking into the property’s land rights and will pass his findings to the Department of Special Investigations.

For his part, the Labour Minister, Somsak Thepsuthin, says he doesn’t know if the property has been legally built, saying it’s up to the DSI to investigate and that a complaint does not need to be filed in order for them to do so.

Meanwhile, review site Tripadvisor has had to suspend reviews for the Sri Panwa resort, as anti-government netizens exact their revenge on the proprietor by posting negative feedback on the property.

“Due to a recent event that has attracted media attention and has caused an influx of review submissions that do not describe a first-hand experience, we have temporarily suspended publishing new reviews for this listing.”

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chachoengsao join UNESCO’s learning cities

Caitlin Ashworth



Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chachoengsao join UNESCO’s learning cities | The Thaiger

3 cities in Thailand recently joined UNESCO’s membership of so called “learning cities” which are said to promote “lifelong learning” and sustainable development. Chachoengsao, Chiang Mai and Phuket joined the UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities. Altogether, 55 cities from 27 countries, adding up to 230 cities in 64 countries around the world, according to UNESCO.

“These cities are outstanding examples of how lifelong learning can become a reality at local level. They have proven that effective lifelong learning policies and practices can support the development of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and contribute to the 2030 Agenda.”

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning David Atchoarena says the recent new members have shown that they can make “lifelong learning a reality,” even after enduring the pandemic.

“With unprecedented urgency, the Covid-19-19 pandemic has underlined the necessity to build more resilient education systems for the future. With more than half of humanity living in urban areas, cities must be at the centre of this undertaking.”

David says he hopes it will inspire other cities in Thailand to follow.

“I very much hope that we will see many other cities from Thailand joining the network and working on providing lifelong learning opportunities for all to ensure a sustainable and peaceful future.”

The mayor of Chachoengsao, Kolayuth Chaisang, says his goal is to provide “effective education, thoroughly and equally to all citizens.” According to the Bangkok Post, the city is a key urban centre both economically and culturally.

The mayor of Chiang Mai, Tussanai Buranupakorn, says he wants to revitalise the city, while also maintaining the cultural significance. The city has a number of educational institutes, which goes along with UNESCO’s learning city principles.

Phuket is a hub of sustainable creativity, according to the Bangkok Post. The mayor of Phuket, Somjai Suwansupana, says he wants to preserve the city’s “identity, local wisdom assets and the charm of our multiculturalism.”


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