F-17’s aim: Scholarships for youth footballers

F-17’s aim: Scholarships for youth footballers
Fandi launching his F17 Academy, Former Singapore stars like Steven Tan and Jang Jung will play in exhibition match

The search is on to unearth the next ASEAN football star.

With the launch of F-17, Fandi Ahmad's Academy of Football Excellence, the Singapore legend hopes to transform young talent here into top professional footballers.

F-17 is the result of a merger between the Fandi Ahmad Academy (FAA) and Academy of Football Excellence (AFE). The merger with the Academy of Football Excellence means F-17 can now award full football scholarships to the best trainees.

The scholarships will cover all costs directly related to the players' football development, while providing them access to top coaches, fitness trainers, a psychologist, nutritionist, physiotherapists and counsellor services.

The players will get to play in local, regional and international tournaments, while specialised overseas training stints are in the pipeline.

Currently, around 60 of the 400 trainees - a spillover from the Fandi Ahmad Academy - aged from four to 21, have been awarded scholarships.

The likes of Saifullah Akbar and Ikhsan Fandi - Fandi's second son - were part of the Asian Youth Games squad.

"It has been two years since I set up FAA and I'm very pleased it has been very successful from both a competitive and business perspective," said Fandi.

"I'm thankful to all fellow Singaporeans who have shown much support for FAA and me, and I will continue to invest my time and energy to give back to the youth football scene in Singapore.

"I met AFE a few months back and was immediately impressed by their strategy to groom the next ASEAN star by providing football scholarships for the best football talent and their concept of holistic football training.

"I knew then that by joining forces, it would bring youth football here to the next level."

F-17 has four training centres at SAFRA Tampines, ITE College Central, Premier Pitch @ Balestier and Serangoon Gardens Secondary School, and there are plans to set up shop at Yishun and Clementi.

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