PlayonPROS made their HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens debut last year with a star-studded line-up led by former Manchester United, Arsenal and England defender Viv Anderson on the sidelines and players of the calibre of David James, Emile Heskey and Mikael Silvestre on the pitch.
The team will return to Happy Valley looking to build on what was a valuable first appearance in the competition as they won the Plate competition, defeating Discovery Bay in the final. Anderson’s team finished third in their group, which was topped by Wallsend Boys Club with Yau Yee League Masters pipping the former professionals to second place.
The playonPROS initiative extends far beyond playing, however, and was created as a way to give both current and ex-professionals the chance to save for their futures and build a life outside of the game, allowing players to save a percentage of their income for their retirement at a time when many find it difficult to adapt. It is also helping recently retired players as they start a new journey in life at a time when some are unsure which path to take while attempting to bridge the gap between players and fans through various online initiatives.