I'm lucky to be able to do what I love everyday

Mika Chunuonsee is living the dream.

His career has taken him from Bridgend to Bangkok - from playing for Wales alongside Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey to becoming a professional footballer for Bangkok United.

Born in Bridgend to a Thai father and Welsh mother, Mika was in the first cohort of the Football Coaching course in 2006.

Since completing his football coaching course at USW, he has gone on to play professional football in Thailand’s Premier League for a host of clubs in the top flight.

An ex-Cardiff City scholar, Mika also represented Wales at Under 17 level in the UEFA Under 17 Elite Tournament in Cyprus alongside senior Welsh internationals Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Chris Gunter.

In January 2015 Mika was called up by Kiatisuk Senamuang to play for Thailand in the 2015 King's Cup. In May 2015, he played for Thailand in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) against Chinese Taipei.

He said: "I have been able to apply many things I learned on the course in my work, training and everyday professional life." 

"I'm lucky to be able to do what I love everyday - I think that's the best thing about being a footballer!"

Read the BBC article on Mika Chunuonsee.

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