Helping students to excel in sports

Helping students to excel in sports

SINGAPORE - More support is on the way for Singapore athletes to help them balance their studies with their pursuit of sporting excellence.

The Athlete-Friendly Education Scheme (Afes) will offer flexible school arrangements and provide guidance and mentorship for those wanting to succeed in both the classroom and sporting arena.

The pioneer initiative was formally launched on Tuesday in conjunction with the Singapore Sports Council's (SSC) three-year memorandum of understanding with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

ITE's carded athletes will be the first beneficiaries of Afes. It will be rolled out to more educational institutions and schools in the coming months.

"We'd like to be a voice for athletes, a support foundation for them to lean on so they can stay in sports longer and balance their careers," said SSC chief executive Lim Teck Yin after the signing ceremony at ITE College Central.

"The interest of both the athlete and the school has to be attended to; it's always been the case where the school may find it difficult to make special arrangements for the athlete."

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