Cardiff star Kimbo’s bro loves life and learning at Cardiff and Vale College
Kim Chae Kyung may not be ready to follow his elder sibling Kim Bo-Kyung onto the football pitch yet but he has joined him in learning English at Cardiff and Vale College.
South Korean international footballer and Cardiff City Football Club midfielder Kim Bo-Kyung enrolled at the College for English tuition last year. Now his younger brother, 21-year-old Kim Chae Kyung, has successfully completed his English for International Students Level 1 course.
Kim Chae Kyung’s lecturer Alison Pierry said: “Kim has just passed his exam and he has made fantastic progress.”
Kim said: “When I arrived in Cardiff I thought it was a very peaceful city. I like Cardiff and everything here.
“I like Cardiff City FC and I always go and watch their home games and watch my brother play. My brother is my hero. I’m studying English at Cardiff and Vale College and I’ve just passed my exam. I like my teacher and classmates, they are kind and funny.
“I will be going home in May but I would like to come back to Cardiff soon.”
Kim’s brother, affectionately known as Kimbo by CCFC fans, enrolled on a special English tuition course with CAVC in January. He recently gave his first newspaper interview without the help of his interpreter.
Kim Bo-Kyung said: “I have been studying English since February this year and am much more confident in speaking English now. This makes me feel more at home in Cardiff and my game improved on the pitch at the same time too. I played in many of the matches in our promotion run-in and have now been promoted to the Premier League with Cardiff City FC.
“Cardiff and Vale College International has given me a premier league English language education and I’m hoping to come back for more training for the 2013-14 season, as I might need it for any Match of the Day interviews! If I come back I hope my brother will join me, as he has really enjoyed College too and we can practice our English together.”
Meanwhile, another English for International Students Level 1 student is hoping for a glittering CCFC career. Ibrahim Adbudayem from Libya is a member of the Cardiff City FC under-19 football academy and is recovering from an injury while waiting for a new visa which will allow him to play.
Cardiff and Vale College has sponsored CCFC for five years and worked with the club and other organisations to develop the Futsal and Education Scholarship, and the House of Sport I and House of Sport II, where some of the College’s students train and learn.
For the 2012-2013 season, CAVC sponsors CCFC’s TV News and advertises with two pitch side boards facing the cameras which broadcast the club’s home matches live across Malaysia. The advertising is part of the College’s drive to recruit more international students from the Far East and other regions.
CCFC’s Education Manager, Head of Media and Malaysian Chairman, Dato Chan Tien Ghee, or TG, met with the College’s Vice Principal for Income Diversification, Head of Commercial Services and Head of Marketing late last year to discuss how the club and the College can work together. The club and the College are now exploring the offer of English language teaching to the club’s international players.