Parents of aspiring football players can now enrol their budding Messis and Ronaldos in the newly launched ActiveSG Football Academy for football training programmes throughout the year.
The academy will be helmed by national football legend Aleksandar Duric and his team of highly qualified coaches, which includes former national player Terry Pathmanathan.
Participants in action with Aleksandar Duric during the launch of the ActiveSG Football Academy at Jurong East Stadium. Photo: Sport Singapore
Held at five training centres across Singapore, the ActiveSG Football Academy strives to inculcate the love of football to kids, between ages six to 12. The training centres are conveniently located across the island at Bedok Stadium, Jurong East Stadium, Queenstown Stadium, Serangoon Stadium and Woodlands Stadium.
Besides the requisite technical football skills, the football academy will also help children to develop life skills that will serve them well through their teenage years and well into their adulthood.
“At the ActiveSG Football Academy, we will teach important values such as discipline, respect and teamwork to our participants, as well as equip them with valuable life skills,” said Duric, who holds the record for most goals scored in the S-League.
The pilot programme, which is available to both boys and girls, will be held from 28 May over five weeks during the school holidays in June.
At the official launch of the academy at Jurong East Stadium on Saturday, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said: “The academy will create opportunities for many more young Singaporeans to learn the sport. In time to come we will have a wider talent pool and a stronger more cohesive football community.”
Minister Grace Fu (left) and Lionel Lewis during the launch of the ActiveSG Football Academy. Photo: Sport Singapore
Many former and current national football players such as Lim Tong Hai, Rafi Ali, Gabriel Quak and Steven Tan also graced the launch of the academy, and were joined by an experienced list of guest coaches such as Richard Bok, Robin Chitrakar and Winston Yap.
Former national defender and captain Lim Tong Hai, who was there in his capacity as an ambassador for the academy, said: “My role as an ambassador is to be someone to inspire the children and to give them an insight on the ups and downs in life as a professional footballer.”
Minister Grace Fu (centre), Sport Singapore CEO Lim Teck Yin (fifth from left) and Aleksandar Duric (second from right) pose for a photo with the football ambassadors and other VIPs. Photo: Sport Singapore
The football academy aims help youngsters build a solid foundation in football. CEO of Sport Singapore Lim Teck Yin said: “The academy will provide children in Singapore, in school teams and otherwise, with a consistent and systematic approach to learning football as they start out; and progressively guide them along as they grow older.”
Kenny Ee, a parent of one of the participants, was very enthusiastic about the programme and has already signed up his son for the June programme via the myActiveSG app.
“I heard about the ActiveSG football academy through their mailing list and brought my son here. I think it’s a good programme and will be sending my son for it,” he said.
Trial clinics will be conducted by the academy in April and May, and parents can find out more about these clinics or sign their children up online for the ActiveSG Football Academy.