The Fandi Ahmad Football Club (FAFC), an eponymous community project by the former national star, was launched yesterday with the goal of being a "football club for the people".
At the opening, he said he will teach the beautiful game to youngsters between the ages of three and 18, charging up to $40 per 90-minute session.
The club will also offer subsidised programmes for children from lower income groups, and dedicated training for those with special needs.
"FAFC is the first big step I'm taking in my vision for Singapore football," Fandi told The Straits Times at the launch at ITE College Central. "On top of the usual paid football training for our youth members, we will be offering subsidised programmes and also community projects involving residential areas near our training grounds.
"I look forward to building a successful club that will last long after my time has passed."
Fandi will conduct coaching clinics for ITE College Central students, who will then run the FAFC training sessions with the founder and former Lions defender S. Subramani. Each week, free hour-long sessions for all Ang Mo Kio residents will be held at ITE College Central.
MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, Seng Han Thong, said at the launch: "The FAFC is a very meaningful and powerful initiative. Fandi is the perfect symbol to rally more kids to play football and maintain a healthy lifestyle."
Fandi, 53, said he is in talks on whether to remain involved with the F-17 Academy, a commercial venture launched in 2013 when the Fandi Ahmad Academy merged with the Academy of Football Excellence.
FANDI AHMAD FC
Training venues: ITE College Central, Zion Sports Club, Safra Tampines, East Coast Sports Planet, Home United Youth Football Academy
Children from lower-income families can apply for subsidised sessions
Specialised training for kids with special needs, backed by on-site therapist support
Free weekly training for all Ang Mo Kio residents at ITE College Central
Selected ITE College Central students to be trained by Fandi to conduct their own sessions
This article was first published on July 27, 2015.
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