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“Gatorade Unveils Grand Competition: Gatorade 5v5 Football 2024, Searching for Ultimate Thai Youth Football Team

November 14, 2023

10 November 2023, in Bangkok –Gatorade, a hydration beverage by Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) Company Limited reaffirms its position as a frontrunner in sports marketing. Elevating beyond past triumphs by organizing the ‘Gatorade 5v5 Football 2024’ competition, targeting Thai youth footballers aged 14-16 to support Thai youth in showcasing their football prowess and fully reach their potential. The competition seeks to identify the ultimate Thai team to represent the nation in the "Gatorade UCL Final 5v5 Experience," competing for the exclusive prize of attending the UEFA Champions League Final 2023-2024 season, a pitch-side experience held at the iconic Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom.

Mr. Nuwat Maytaprechakul, Senior Brand Manager Hydration & Non-Cola CSD, Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) Company Limited stated that "The Gatorade 5v5 competition has received excellent response from youth footballers across nation. The recent Thai representative champions proudly secured the runner-up position globally and earned an outstanding individual player award in the Gatorade UCL Final 5v5 Experience. Building on this success, Gatorade is ready to inspire Thai youth to actively embrace physical activity, indulge in sports, and make the most of their leisure time. Gatorade makes a return this year with the 'Gatorade 5v5 Football 2024' competition to further develop sports marketing strategy and emphasized Gatorade’s global status as a hydration beverage for true athletes Football serves as a powerful medium to form a bond between consumers and Gatorade brand, addressing the athlete’s needs for hydration beverage for replenishment after a physical demanding sports activities. Gatorade has been a major supporter of football in various aspects, sponsoring major events like the UEFA Champions League, top-level clubs such as Manchester City, and officially partnering up with Thailand's leading club, Buriram United Football Club.  Additionally, promoting football training through the Gatorade School Tour. The ultimate goal is that the Gatorade 5v5 Football 2024 competition will provide a platform for young players to showcase their football prowess fully and offer an unparalleled football experience that cannot be found elsewhere."

Mr. Wutthikrai Chaikuad, the coaching instructor of the 2023 championship-winning team from Sanam Chai District School, proudly states, "I am immensely proud to be a part of the significant Gatorade 5v5 Football competition, leading my team to clinch the national championship. Opening up opportunity to brings my talented young players to showcase their skills and achieved the first runner-up spot in the 'Gatorade UCL Final 5v5 Experience.' Through coaching these young players, it becomes evident that Thai youth possess immense talent and comparable abilities to their international counterparts. However, they often lack the chance and platform to showcase their full potential.  Gatorade 5v5 provides an excellent opportunity for these young players to step onto the actual field, offering an experience beyond mere training session.  Facing diverse teams and formidable opponents allows these young talents to fast forward their skills propelled by enriching experiences. I would like to extend my gratitude to Gatorade for organizing the Gatorade 5v5 Football 2024 competition, wish every participating team the best of luck this year, and inviting every young talents from across Thailand to join the competition."

The 'Gatorade 5v5 Football 2024' competition this year is even more impressive than ever before, with an expanded area of selection fields. From the previous 15 fields to a remarkable 25 across 25 provinces. This enhancement opens up a wider array of opportunities for young talents, allowing them to choose the province most convenient for them. Available provinces include Samut Prakan, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Rayong, Chonburi, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Buriram, Nakhon Ratchasima,Chiang Rai, Phrae, Lampang, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, and Bangkok. A total of 512 teams to compete in the tournament.

For the victorious team in the Gatorade 5v5 Football 2024, they will be awarded a trophy, along with a cash prize of 30,000 Baht, and a one in a lifetime opportunity to representing Thailand in the Gatorade UCL Final 5v5 Experience tournament, organized by PepsiCo Inc. at Wembley Stadium in London, UK, valued at over 700,000 Baht. The first runner-up team will receive a cash prize of 20,000 Baht while the second runner-up teams (both awards) will each be granted a cash prize of 10,000 Baht. In total, the combined value of prizes exceeds 1,000,000 Baht.

"We firmly believe that the ongoing hosting of the 'Gatorade 5v5' youth football competition will serve as a pivotal cornerstone in nurturing emerging football talents to support Thai football industry. This tournament stands as yet another vital mission that we are dedicated to relentlessly work on," concluded Mr. Nuwat

Don't miss out! on the eagerly anticipated youth football tournament of the year. If you have dreams and confidence in your footballing prowess, step onto the field and join us in writing a new chapter in the football history with the 'Gatorade 5v5 Football 2024’. Registration is now open from today until 16 March 2024. The competition, kicking off the tournament from January to March 2024.

For those eager to join, apply for participation in the competition or stay updates on the Facebook page 'Gatorade 5v5 Football Thailand': https://www.facebook.com/Gatorade5v5FootballThailand. Should you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out at 089-828-8566.

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