On 4 July the District Chief of Cha- Am Mr. Pramote Sampao-ngern presided over the 18th Phetchaburi- Prachuap Khirikhan Traditional Football Match at the Rama VI Military Base’s field in Cha-Am. On this occasion, the Chairman of Cha-Am/Hua Hin Tourism Business Association Dr. Rungrot Sileungsawas delivered welcoming speech.
This year’s football match consists of 17 teams of hoteliers and hotel staff in Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khirikhan. It was hosted by Mr. Krip Rojanasathien, the managing director of Chiva-Som. The opening ceremony highlighted a beautiful procession that campaigned on anti-pollution and promoted reforestation as well as reduction of use of toxic materials. Since the concept of this year’s event concerned environmental protection against global warming, during the opening ceremony, the rain kept showering from welcoming speech to the procession. After the opening, a friendship football match between the media group, including staff of Thai Channels 3, 7 and Siam Sport Newspaper, and the hoteliers from Phetchaburi and Prachuab Khirikhan began. The match was very exciting and both teams tied with the score 1:1.
The highlight of the match was the one between the Chiva-Som team and Evason team as both played very hard and actively, especially during the first half of the match in which the Chiva-Som scored 2:0 with 2 fouls. The second half saw Evason played hard to no avail because the vanguard and center missed the target twice and ended up kicking a ball into their own goal. So, Chiva-Som beat Evason with the score of 3:0. The traditional football match is still going on from Monday to Thursday until 5 August. There will be 2 matches daily. The winner of the final round will be awarded a trophy and some cash. The awarding ceremony, chaired by the Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khirikhan Governors, is taking place at Hua Hin Grand Hotel.
According to Mr. Krip, the traditional football match symbolizes strong cooperation and unity of hoteliers and hotel staff of Hua Hin. The reason why it was held in the low season is because hotel staff is very busy during the high season and this time of year sees less work than other periods. Moreover, football is the sport that strengthens relations of all hotel staff and can be used as an anti-drug campaign for adolescents, too. Mr.Krip added that the hoteliers and hotel staff in Hua Hin were highly concerned with the current global warming and environmental crises in the city.
Now, they are working to bring back the greenscape with cooperation of local governmental agencies by initiating environmental campaigns and activities as well as this football match. “If Phetchaburi and Prachuap have good environment, it will become an ideal place to live and stay for local people and tourists,” concluded Mr. Krip. Images of the Event Mr. Wasan Kittikul, Chairman of Hotel Association in Western Thailand. 1.Mr. Pramote Sampaongern, Cha-Am District Chief, delivered an opening speech. 2.Dr. Rungrot Sileungsawas delivered his welcoming speech. 3.Parade of Hua Hin/Cha-Am hoteliers and hotel staff entering into the field of Rama VI Military Base, Cha-Am. 4.Mr. Krip Rojanasathien, the host of the event, gave a bouquet to the media and hotel staff footballers.