Over 1,500 youths took part in this year's Epson Youth Challenge. Photo: Sport Singapore
Over 1,500 youths took part in this year's edition of the the Epson Youth Challenge, setting a new high in participation rates for the annual initiative to nurture young football talents.
Youths across various teams from categories of U9 up to U18 battled it out on the pitch over the course of a week, all for a chance to win attractive prizes and the opportunity to train with professional coaches from J-League’s Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club.
Ando Munenori, Regional Managing Director, Epson Singapore, said: “Epson Youth Challenge 2019 delivered an exhilarating atmosphere and I am proud that everyone, including friends and families of the participants, got to enjoy the fun-filled football carnival. The success of this tournament is testament to Epson’s strong commitment to providing a springboard for young sporting talent to grow and spur the development of Singapore’s sports scene.”
The Challenge was also held in conjunction with GetActive! Singapore's Pesta Sukan 2019, Sport Singapore’s community-minded sports festival that's also part of the country's Bicentennial Celebrations.
The Challenge was also held in conjunction with GetActive! Singapore's Pesta Sukan 2019. Photo: Sport Singapore
Lai Chin Kwang, Chief of ActiveSG at Sport Singapore, said: “Joining efforts with Epson Singapore and Geylang International and tapping on their passion and influence in sport has allowed us to amplify the impact and engagement of our youths. Through sport, our young participants would able to learn and be motivated to continue playing football. We are consistently on the lookout for opportunities to collaborate with like-minded partners to bring the joy of sport to everyone.”
The finals were held at Our Tampines Hub, alongside fringe activities to showcase GetActive! Singapore's spirit of community and inclusivity with carnival games and snack stalls for members of the public, as well as the youth participants’ friends and families to enjoy.
The finals were held at Our Tampines Hub, alongside fringe activities to showcase GetActive! Singapore's spirit of community and inclusivity. Photo: Sport Singapore
Ilyas, a member of Queensway A football team and champions of the U13 category said that he was happy to have won with his team, but that the competition was stiff. "I'll definitely take part again next year because it's good exposure and training for us when we play against other people," said the first-time participant of the Epson Youth Challenge.
Ben Teng, Chairman of Geylang International said: “Epson Youth Challenge proudly demonstrates the solid partnership between Geylang International and Epson Singapore that started over four years ago. Through this partnership, we’re proud of the opportunities that we’re bringing to aspiring youth football players, as evidenced by Zikos Chua, who took part in the Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club training stint in Japan in 2016, and is now once again invited for another training stint in Japan. I’m sure the finalist teams will stand to benefit greatly from the different training style and approach that the Matsumoto Yamaga coaches are offering at this year’s football clinic.”