Two girls who love football and play for the same football team. They are sisters who have a passion for the sport. Their names are Asheesh and Kanchen Kaur and they hail from Selangor. In fact, Asheesh was one of the 32 chosen from 1,000 children at Astro’s Kem Bola last year to make the memorable trip to Camp Nou, Barcelona FC’s home stadium.
Elder sister Asheesh Kaur, 12, tells us about herself:
“I started playing football when I was six but that was mostly for fun. I used to play with my cousins and I wasn’t aware of what I was doing. I just wanted to be part of the gang then. I only seriously started playing when I was 10. I play a defensive midfield position now.
I was one of the 32 chosen from 1,000 children to go to Barcelona for Astro’s Kem Bola last year. Besides my footballing skills, I was chosen based on teamwork, leadership skills and my ability to follow and execute instructions. Being able to mix with players from other countries easily was a plus point.
Kem Bola was a lot of fun. There was some pressure to be the best but it didn’t affect my ability to have fun. Although I was selected, I was also sad because I made the final cut but my younger sister Kanchen did not. It would have been great to have her along with me, travelling to Barcelona.
Barcelona was fun. I went with other players. No parents were allowed. We met Dani Alves on a beach there. It was a chance meeting while we were sightseeing. Camp Nou is amazing. It was big, colourful and cold. Watching a live football match was simply amazing.
Kem Bola has made me a better footballer and I am now able to read a match and anticipate (at most times) the position of the ball from my opponents. I also learned that I can travel without my parents.
I plan to carry on playing football with my team (Supergirls, the Subang Jaya community sports club).
I also play netball and I am the team captain for my school team. I’m also a school runner, and I have represented my school for many sports.
Kanchen is on my football team. Our youngest sister has also started playing football and is training to be a keeper.
I support Liverpool. Although my favourite players are Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi, I don’t really want to be like them because I want to become an animal rescuer or an actress one day.
I feel like an ordinary kid, like most of my friends, but maybe a little more dedicated to sports. I get teased for playing football because I am a girl, but only by people who don’t know me well. My friends and those who know me always encourage me to carry on.”
And here is her sister 11-year-old Kanchen Kaur’s story:
“I started playing football when I was about five. I think it’s fun to play in a team. I play midfield. I have managed to score goals at some of the tournaments that I’ve played in. My most recent being in the Junior Soccer School and League International tournament in Singapore.
At last year’s Kem Bola, although I was shortlisted, I didn’t make it in the end. I was very disappointed but at the same time I was happy that my sister made it. It was very nice of her to bring me back a gift from Barcelona. This year, I have been training hard and have gone for the 2017 Kem Bola selection. I hope to make it to the final list this year.
I was recently chosen the most valuable player out of 50 boys and girls by the Liverpool football club coaches when they were here. I think I was chosen because of my leadership qualities and because I helped the coaches. I was surprised and extremely happy to be picked.
While football has taught me teamwork, Kem Bola has taught me to be grateful of what I have and to never give up.
Like my sister, I support Liverpool FC and my favourite players are Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Steven Gerrard.
In addition to football, I am also a school runner and I am part of the school choir team vying for a spot at the national level choir competition in July.
I want become a deep water photographer one day.
My youngest sister also plays football but she also enjoys dancing. We are always dancing together and creating short music videos for fun.”