Deinze Football Club NV (KMSK Deinze), the group company of ACA Football Partners Pte Ltd (ACAFP), announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Vietnam Football Talents Promotion Company Ltd. (PVF) in Vietnam to work on the youth players development.
Since KMSK Deinze announced its new club structure in May, integration of the youth academy into the main club function is one of the key aspects for the club’s further growth. The owner of KMSK Deinze, ACA Football Partners, has a stable connection between Asian football industries, which has a huge potential, and this time we have reached an agreement with PVF Football Academy for our partnership.
PVF is one of the top-level football academies in Vietnam, based in Hung Yen Province, which was awarded AFC- 3 Star Elite Youth Academy by the Asian Football Confederation, and being amongst the 3 highest ranked Elite Youth Academies in Asia. PVF nurtures young Vietnamese Football Talents and trying to develop them into professional football players/goalkeepers to play in V-League 1 and 2 in Vietnam and/or going overseas. The PVF-Academy also contributed players/goalkeepers and technical staff for VFF National Team and National Youth Teams, representing Vietnam in international football competitions. The football market itself is growing rapidly in Vietnam, and we believe that providing an opportunity for young potential talented players to go to Europe and especially Belgium will provide a mutual impact.
Within this partnership, KMSK Deinze holds a selection of 15-17 years old players in Vietnam, and selected players will get a chance to come to Deinze, Belgium to gain experience with the academy team from October, tentatively. The parties expect to record the process and to release the story in the near future. Also there will be an opportunity for Youth Academy of KMSK Deinze to collaborate with PVF academy, for instance short internships for youth players and coaches of KMSK Deinze in PVF.
The two parties will also explore the opportunity for youth and professional players developed by PVF to have trial period in Deinze club and play football in Europe in the future
Comment from Ms. Nguyen Thi My Dung, Deputy Director
Developing Vietnamese talented football players into professional players and contributing to the further development of football in Vietnam is our mission. Apart from the work in PVF, we wish that the players will have the chance to experience learning and playing in other football environment, especially in a country where football is well developed like Belgium. And the partnership with Deinze will help us to achieve this purpose. Besides, the partnership will create opportunity for youth players of Deinze to experience playing football in Vietnam and exchanging knowledge in football coaching between the technical staff of the two parties.
Mr. Eric Abrams, PVF Football Academy Technical Director
My expectations about this unique co-operation between PVF and the ACA-group with KSK Deinze, a Belgian ambitious second division team as the pinnacle are very high.
Firstly, it could open a gate for young potential talented Vietnamese players/goalkeepers to experience an elite youth environment in a very well developed football country, having produced dozens of world class players/goalkeepers as there are Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Romulu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Toby Alderweireld, Youri Tielemans, Dries Mertens and so many others. An experience, which could definitely impact their further football development (Core Skills and Tactical knowledge and experience) and also the maturation as a player/goalkeeper, by being exposed to new challenges on and off the field.
After a 3-months internship, they will return with a bag full of new learnings, which they can share with PVF-teammates and PVF Technical and Supporting staff and which will assist them to perform at a higher level when back in Vietnam. Most importantly, this co-operation could be a “WIN-WIN” for both parties as also the KSK Deinze Academy Staff, teams, players & goalkeepers would have the opportunity to experience an Asian Elite Youth experience in a country that has an abundant of potential football talents, who are looking to step-up and to comply with high level European football standards. If they succeed to comply with European player/goalkeeper football demands, there could be a great chance to pursue a football career in Europe, which then indirectly will benefit Vietnamese National Team Football, when being selected to represent the National Team of Vietnam.
Comment from Hiroyuki Ono, CEO of ACAFP and Vice Chairman, Board of Director, KMSK Deinze
First of all we would like to thank all the participants who contributed this partnership to happen. From my personal experience working for 10 years now in the South East Asia Market, I definitely get the impression that the enthusiasm towards football in Vietnam is huge. We believe in this power and ACA Football Partners is excited to work with PVF to release its true value and provide the opportunity for young talented players to take their chance in Belgium. We assume this could happen by relying on our global network, and I also would like to express my gratitude to KMSK Deinze and its local fans to understand the importance of this partnership for mutual future growth.
Comment from Adrián Espárraga, Sporting Director, KMSK Deinze
I am excited to be a part of this partnership as a Sporting Director of KMSK Deinze. I have experience of working in different countries and I understand the importance of expanding our football and business opportunities at global level. We are very welcome to host young players from Vietnam in Deinze, Belgium, and hope they could gain their experience both at pitch and off-the-pitch level.
About PVF Football Academy
PVF was founded in 2008 and since then it has developed itself into one of Top level football academies in Vietnam. Located in Hung Yen Province, PVF has the modernized infrastructure and facility with 6 training fields, one main stadium, gym, swimming pool and an 8 story dormitory building which is currently the home of about 160 football talented players from the age of 12 to 19 years old.
PVF youth teams are competitive in national youth football championships and have won many titles in their development process. Currently 29 out of 31 players registered for Pho Hien team in V_League 2 are players developed by PVF and this is the team which fielded in 2022 season the youngest players in the League (born 2005-2000), many of them who were born in 2003-2004 are regularly fielded. PVF developed players and coaches are often called to serve in national A and youth teams of Vietnam in international competitions. PVF is the host of many national youth football championships and PVF stadium is the home stadium for matches of Pho Hien Club in V_League 2.
For more information please visit Trang chủ (pvf.com.vn)
About KMSK Deinze
Founded in 1926, KMSK Deinze is a historic football club belonging to the second division of the Belgian Pro League/First Division B. The city of Deinze, the home town of KMSK, is located in the East Flanders region and is known as a place where many wealthy people live.
In the 2019-20 season, the club was promoted to the second division of the Belgian Pro League. In the 2020-21 season, their first year of promotion, they finished a respectable fourth (out of eight clubs). The club is growing rapidly and has announced plans to build a new stadium.
For more information about KMSK Deinze, please visit the official website.
About ACA Football Partners
ACAFP is a Singapore-based football business company that plans to create multi-club ownership from Asia, and is a member of the ACA Group, whose core business is the private equity fund management. Distinguished football industry experts active in Europe have joined the team as founding members in support of ACAFP’s mission to “Release the value of Sports & Evolve”. In the future, ACAFP will further expand its network by executing capital and business alliances with partner clubs that support this mission, and will play a role in accelerating the global development of European football.
For more information about ACAFP, please visit the official website.