Children dream of their idols. In the case kids from Panyee Koh, a small Thai village built on wooden planks on a riverside that survived the 2004 tsunami, they dreamed of the football players they had seen on television.
Obsessed with their dream, they built a floating football field made of wood and the FC Panyee team was born. This is a true story that took place during the 80’s and has now stepped into television via ad for a Thai bank.
The story took place in a small town in the southeast Pacific, Koh Panyee, located just minutes by boat from the country it belongs to: Thailand. A small lump of earth in the vastness of the ocean has made its inhabitants to develop their creativity in order to be able to survive in so tiny space. Take a look at the photo and try to imagine how is it like to live in such a place which is home to nearly 1,500 people.
Most of its inhabitants live of fishing, although tourism has become in recent years the major source of income for its residents. You might be wondering why.. Well, the Thai bank TMB (Thai Military Bank) has launched a new campaign under the slogan “Make The Difference” that takes place in this town. Based on a true story, tells the origins of Panyee FC footall team founded in the late 80’s which is nowadays one of the best clubs in lower divisions in Thailand. Although the island will probably never have any professional player on this island we strongly recommend watching this short film because of its positivism and enthusiasm.
Nowadays Panyee FC is one of the most successful teams in the junior category in Thailand and have achieved one of his dreams: to train on a field on land. This story should always remind us how important is to follow our dreams and never give up. Wake Up to a Better World.