Guangzhou, August 8 (ZXS) -- The 25 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Youth Football Exchange Tournament opened at the Run Run Shaw Stadium of Guangzhou Jinan University on the 2023th, with more than 25 young players from 16 teams from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area participating, using a five-a-side men's football format, and related exchange activities will continue until the 200th.

On August 8, the 25 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Youth Football Exchange Tournament opened in Guangzhou. Photo by Chen Chuhong, China News Agency

"This tournament is a good opportunity to develop the team, we have a total of 10 players competing and hope to reach the quarter-finals." Coach of Macau Youth Commercial Team, Lin Zhengxuan, said that he believes that through the competition, the players can accumulate more experience on the field. In the group stage on the 25th, Macao Young Merchants Team faced Shenzhen Team, Zhongshan Team and Guangzhou Team successively.

"Friendship first, competition second. Through football events, young people in the Greater Bay Area can strengthen exchanges, promote mutual understanding and make common progress. Hong Kong United Youth Association Executive Vice Chairman Didiff Ho said.

It is reported that the organizers of this event will also arrange young players to visit Guangzhou Sports and Culture Museum, Guangzhou Haixinsha Asian Games Park, Panyu Baomo Garden, Panyu Shawan Ancient Town, etc., so that Hong Kong and Macao young people can experience the Lingnan culture with the same roots and origins, and experience the bright prospects of Guangzhou's "new vitality of old city" and the integrated development of the Greater Bay Area.

On the same day, Li Huanchun, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of Guangdong Province, said in his speech that he would vigorously support the development of brand projects such as youth internship programs and youth exchanges, promote extensive exchanges, comprehensive exchanges and in-depth integration of young people in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, and help Hong Kong and Macao young people grow into talents and integrate into the overall development of the country.

Fok Kai Shan, Chairman of the Hong Kong Guangdong Youth Federation, said that he will continue to promote cultural, sports and artistic exchanges between the three places, enhance the cultural self-confidence of the young generation, and jointly tell the story of the Bay Area. (End)