The rain did not dampen the spirits of 40 primary school students, who kicked off the Football Association of Singapore's (FAS) first all-girls training centre for its Cubs Programme.
Aged between seven and 12, they turned up at Queensway Secondary School to learn how to play football yesterday morning.
Julie Teo, general manager of the FAS' grassroots and women's football department, was heartened by the turnout, and said:
"Thankfully the rain cleared up before the start of the first session at 8am.
"And I am happy to see so many kids and their parents here today.
"Let's hope the number will continue to grow over the next few weeks.
"All our other centres will be opened to both boys and girls. But we thought it would be good to also have one catering specifically to girls.
"This will help us to expand our base of primary school girls learning to play football.
"Those who are really talented may even go on to play for Queensway in the National Schools Girls' Football Championships."
The training centre at Queensway Secondary is the second Cubs Programme grassroots football centre launched by the FAS. The first was at Sembawang Primary two weeks ago.
The Queensway Secondary centre is open to female students from all schools.
The monthly fee of $50 includes insurance and a set of jersey, shorts and socks. The subsequent monthly fee is $24.
The FAS will be opening its third centre at Serangoon Stadium in June.
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This article was first published on April 20, 2015.
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