North East Community Development Council (NE CDC) and ActiveSG will be launching the North East CDC – ActiveSG Football Academy on Sunday 19 February 2017 at Our Tampines Hub (Central Plaza).
The North East CDC – ActiveSG Football Academy promotes, among other things, an active and healthy lifestyle, a sporting culture and an opportunity for kids to be trained under local football icons such as Aleksandar Duric and Terry Pathmanathan. By engaging the students’ passion in football, it is hoped that the positive impact can be cycled back into their character development and academic excellence.
NECDC children with (from left) NECDC Mayor Teo Ser Luck, ActiveSG Football Academy Principal Aleksandar Duric and SportSG CEO Lim Teck Yin. Photo: NECDC
The programme reaches out to students from the less privileged families in the North East District. North East CDC will work closely with ActiveSG Football Academy to assist and mentor students under the programme. For students who face difficulties in their studies, NE CDC would assist them with the ‘North East CDC Level-Up programme’, where the students receive tuition assistance at the residents’ committees located within the North East District.
Mayor Teo Ser Luck said: “This football programme places emphasis not only on football but academic studies as well. The youths are required to show improvement in their studies in order to continue with this programme. We hope that this would help develop the youths holistically and better prepare them for the future.”
A Shoot-Out Station and football clinics are among the activities lined up for the launch event. Mayor Teo Ser Luck will be teaming up with a child to compete in a shoot-out against another team helmed by ActiveSG Football Academy principal Aleksandar Duric.
Duric said: “More than just learning how to play football, the North East – ActiveSG Football Academy will give the children a chance to make new friends and pick up important life values as a team. For instance, through sports we cultivate resilience in these children. They also learn to work as a team to overcome the challenges they face as an individual and as a group.”
Mdm Maslinda, 36, single mother of three kids, said: “I am thankful that my two boys can enjoy and benefit from the programme. Soccer is their favorite hobby, and being able to join the programme not only gives them the opportunity to pursue their hobby, it also helps them make new friends, motivates them and improve their studies. My eldest son, Muhammad Dzul Helmy, 13 years old, has become more focus in class and I have seen improvement in his results since joining the programme. He used to be a shy boy, I am proud that he has been tasked to take up leadership role in class as well. As for my 9 year old son, Muhammad Dzul Helfy, I am heartened to see that he passed all his subjects.”