S League: Treat for Tampines fans

S League: Treat for Tampines fans
Tampines Rovers coach V Sundramoorthy (above) says his team’s performances on the pitch are as important as the incentives off it.

SINGAPORE - Support Tampines Rovers at their new home at the Jurong West Stadium this season and you stand to win a brand new Hyundai Accent, worth $35,000 without a certificate of entitlement.

Tampines chairman and Komoco Motors boss Teo Hock Seng unveiled the grand prize at his showroom yesterday afternoon, and said: "We used to have an average of 3,300 fans for our home matches when we were at Tampines Stadium.

"Attendance wasn't so good when we moved to Clementi Stadium last season because the catchment area is not so good.

"Now that we have moved to Jurong West, we want to attract more fans so that when we move back to Tampines in two years' time, we can fill the stadium with 6,000 fans.

"And we can afford to spend more on marketing now because more COEs are coming back into the market."

All fans above 18 who buy tickets to Tampines' home matches from tonight's clash with Courts Young Lions up to the Nov 2 showdown against defending champions Warriors FC are eligible for the grand prize - the more home games you attend, the more chances you have of winning the new car.

This grand lucky draw will be conducted during their final home match, against Harimau Muda on Nov 22.

While Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League CEO Lim Chin applauded Tampines' initiative, Stags coach V Sundramoorthy was also aware that another key ingredient to luring fans is the action on the pitch.

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He told The New Paper: "We have a good team, and we did well to beat fellow contenders in Albirex (Niigata) 1-0 in our first match. The car is an added incentive, but it is more important that we also play well on the field.

"Many predict we will win the title and this is football. There are expectations, (and) we will try to meet them."

Meanwhile, at the media briefing for the lucky draw, Teo also revealed that to prepare footballers for life after football, six of his current players are working part-time at Komoco Motors, in various departments such as accounting and sales - based on their qualifications.

Joey Sim, Jufri Taha, Ismadi Mukhtar, Zulfadli Zainal, Fabian Kwok and Firdaus Idros have been learning the ropes in their free time outside of their Tampines commitments, and have been given some allowance on top of their footballer salaries.

Teo added: "We want to offer our players a life after football. Footballers are not just fast on the ball, they are fast in their brains, too."

Kwok, who graduated with a business degree from the Singapore Institute of Management, is appreciative of Teo's effort.

"It's a great opportunity that provides us with some exposure to the reality of the working world," said the 25-year-old.

"We gain first-hand experience which can benefit us in our careers after football.

"Boss Mr Teo has been very helpful, knowing that juggling football and working part-time is not easy.

"There is a mutual understanding that football comes first so I am very thankful for such an arrangement."


This article was first published on March 5, 2015.
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