Sport Singapore welcomes its second batch of brand ambassadors! They are your everyday Singaporeans, tackling the same demands of life as you do, but they also hold a strong belief that sport can inspire us to live better. Get to know them in our feature series here!
He was the captain of Geylang International FC (GIFC) and part of the national team that won the 2007 AFF Suzuki Cup for Singapore.
Now, Isa Halim will also bear the title of Sport Singapore (SportSG) ambassador, in addition to his roles as head coach of ActiveSG Football Academy’s Bedok centre and coach at the Singapore Sports School.
Having spent over 15 years as a player, 32-year-old Isa was naturally keen to stay involved with the sport after he retired from playing professionally and sought ways to help others within the community.
He revealed: “Sports has given me everything, [and] all the life values that came with it. From playing the sport, to [it] becoming my career, and then I [even] managed to become a coach now, [so it has become] a way for me to give back.”
“Having the opportunity to coach the younger generation makes me think of the younger [version] of me, because I went through the same path that they are going through right now,” Isa shared.
As a young boy, Isa had started playing football at the void deck with his friends, one of whom convinced him to try out for S.League football club Woodlands Wellington, and he made his debut for the club at age 15.
However, the then-teenager almost made the mistake of quitting the club that same year after being dropped from the playing team a day before a tournament, but his coach at the time convinced him otherwise.
“He’s the one who told me to never give up, [and that] in life, things don’t always go your way. You’ve got to learn from all these disappointments, and this will make you a better player and person,” he explained.
“It may sound cliché, but I think those words really struck me at that point of time, at the age of 15. Eventually, I grew up and become a national player,” Isa shared.
Indeed, it only took Isa four years to transition from a recreational, void deck player to a member of the national football team.
And, even though he has since retired from professional football, he has remained committed to the sport and maintaining an active lifestyle.
“Even after I retired, I didn’t stop my normal exercise regime. Sometimes people think that exercise [means] you’ve got to run or swim, but taking part in sports like football or badminton [are also ways in which] you can live a healthy lifestyle,” he emphasised.
Observing that some parents would find ways to exercise when their children were attending his coaching sessions, the father-of-one was inspired to help families take charge of their health and he has since started sharing fitness exercises with these parents.
“During my sessions at Bedok Stadium, parents would send their kids over to the coaches, and then, they go for a jog after. Some of the dads even created mini teams to play small-sided football games,” shared Isa.
Encouraged by such interest, he is looking forward to influencing more people to think in a similar vein through his SportSG ambassadorship.
“I believe that with this platform and the followers that SportSG has, it’s a good way for us to work together and achieve the goal of educating people and getting them involved in living a healthy lifestyle through sports,” Isa pointed out.
Follow Isa Halim on his journey as a new SportSG ambassador through his Instagram account (@isahalim04), and stay tuned to the myActiveSG Facebook page and SportSG Instagram accounts (@sport_singapore and @sgsportstv) for more from him too!