In a bid to further the development of grassroots football among children, ActiveSG and Football Association of Singapore (FAS) are combining their junior programmes to form the Active Cubs Programme.
Sport Singapore CEO Lim Teck Yin and FAS Vice President Bernard Tan with participants during the launch of the Active Cubs Programme at Jurong East Stadium. Photo: Sport Singapore
ActiveSG Football Academy’s programme for children aged six to 12 will merge with the Cubs Programme under FAS, and this will allow the newly-formed programme to reach more children while streamlining current grassroots football programmes.
“There is a lot of synergy with the FAS Cubs programme which has similar aims, and we appreciate their constant efforts to expand the breadth and depth of their grassroots programme,” said Chief of ActiveSG Lai Chin Kwang.
“Through this collaboration with FAS, we hope to reach out to more children to help them learn and play football via an affordable, yet high quality programme.”
ActiveSG will run and manage all Active Cubs Programmes around the island while FAS will contribute their technical knowledge and expertise in youth football development.
ActiveSG Football Academy Principal Aleksandar Duric with a participant during the launch of the Active Cubs. Photo: Sport Singapore
Part of the reason for the merger is to streamline the different programmes island-wide and offer a national curriculum with the ultimate aim of developing a local, identifiable football-playing style.
“What we need to do is to move our soccer into a high-tempo, high intensity form of game,” said FAS Vice-President Bernard Tan.
“This involves largely for kids, keeping the ball on the ground and moving the ball at speed. It also includes a constant movement of players which requires a much higher level of ability.
“In essence, that is the new kind of goal we want to get to in order to elevate our soccer to an international level.”
Aleksandar Duric looking on as the participants partake in a two-sided game. Photo: Sport Singapore
FAS will be focusing on increasing the number of FAS-certified grassroots coaches and improving the quality of coaching in general.
FAS Technical Director Michel Sablon said that he is “happy with the positive response” to its training courses for coaches so far, and hopes to see more coaches come on and take part in their training programmes and certification courses.
“I encourage all coaches, including those from the private academies, to join our training courses to improve and provide quality coaching in accordance with the playing style and philosophy that FAS hopes to develop in all our local youth players to move Singapore football forward.”
Additionally, ActiveSG Football Academy announced during the event that it will be partnering Hougang United to start a ninth training centre. Located at Hougang Stadium, the centre will be headed by former footballer and 4-time S-League winner Winston Yap.
Sport Singapore is also currently in talks with People’s Association, who run the PA’s PAssion Children’s Football Programme, to further streamline and consolidate efforts to develop youth football.