Football: New training facility for football here

Football: New training facility for football here
National football coach Bernd Stange has had to deal with players who were distracted by commitments outside of football and athletes who could not match his standard of fitness. And he worked hard to address one of his biggest bugbears - poor training facilities.

His first year in office has not been all plain sailing.

National football coach Bernd Stange has had to deal with players who were distracted by commitments outside of football and athletes who could not match his standard of fitness.

And he worked hard to address one of his biggest bugbears - poor training facilities.

One year into the job and the 66-year-old German is happy to see progress.

Work is already being done on the training field at Geylang Lorong 12, and two more are being developed.

"There is a big improvement in football training facilities but it is only coming in October, November. But still, it is good, the machines from Brazil are already here and working on the field," Stange told The New Paper.

"The LionsXII will move to the old Jurong Stadium and the Courts Young Lions will go to Yishun Stadium where there will be daily maintenance."

MISSION

Stange is on a mission to get his Lions to play possession-based pass-and-move-football, but had earlier expressed his disappointment over training facilities here.

With the Jalan Besar Stadium being shared with the S.League and hence heavily utilised, both the LionsXII and the Courts Young Lions were forced to move around training venues, sometimes at late notice.

A meeting with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) executive council last week has given Stange confidence that support will be forthcoming on several issues, including a proposed increase in player training hours.

But there is still more than can be done.

"Even though I am happy with our progress and that we are on track in our FAS Strategic Plan, I must emphasise the three key areas we need to improve on: the training frequency of our players, the number of good training facilities - and funding," he said.

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