Young ones train with pros in new study plan

Young ones train with pros in new study plan
Under-8 players vying in the first Nee Soon Cup tournament yesterday. It kicked off a new scheme where youngsters in the constituency can train under professionals while being mentored in their studies.

YOUNG people in Nee Soon will soon be able to train under Singapore football legends such as Fandi Ahmad and Steven Tan, as part of a new football and study programme.

Launched yesterday by Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam at Yishun Junior College, it aims to help the constituency's youngsters, aged seven to 16, through sports.

They will take part in football training at the college once a week in the evenings on Saturday or Sunday, and join a study programme run by volunteers every Saturday afternoon.

Mr Shanmugam, who is an MP for Nee Soon GRC, said: "We wanted to combine football with tuition - when it's tuition alone, some kids come but others don't.

"Now, there is a structure to tap their passion for football. At the same time, we can emphasise the importance of education."

Eighty students currently under the Ministry of Education's Financial Assistance Scheme have enrolled for the Nee Soon Football and Study Programme, and more could be joining them.

All costs will be fully borne by Nee Soon GRC grassroots organisations.

In a video about this latest initiative, Fandi said he hopes that it will enable students to achieve new heights in sports, and also help keep them from being led astray.

The programme was launched during the inaugural Nee Soon Cup tournament, held at Yishun Junior College, where Mr Shanmugam was joined by fellow MPs, including Ms Lee Bee Wah and Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim.

Also present at the event were former national football players Steven Tan and Lim Tong Hai.

This article was first published on Jan 26, 2015.
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