Samsung awards RAF footballers with England training experience


By John McCarthy | Media editor

September 25, 2014 | 3 min read

An RAF airbase football team has been given the chance to go behind the scenes at England’s St George’s Park after winning Samsung’s ‘Train like England’ competition.

RAF Valley FC

Entrants were encouraged to declare ‘why their team deserves to win’ the prize and RAF Valley FC, stationed on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales, came out on top after Samsung considered hundreds of entries from across the UK.

The team, composed of fast-jet training pilots, air-traffic controllers, flight operations assistants and search-and-rescue helicopter crew members will visit England's St George's Park facility in Burton upon Trent next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Samsung has long been involved in football; the firm currently sponsors Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus FC, the Brazilian National Football, the Asian Football Confederation, the Confederation de African Football and a host of other national teams.

The Korean electronics firm engaged social media users and football enthusiasts worldwide with the 'Galaxy 11' ads which ran alongside the Brazil World Cup featuring some of the sport's biggest names.


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Samsung is a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. It comprises numerous affiliated businesses, most of them united under the Samsung brand, and is the largest South Korean chaebol.  

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