Off to up his game, and meet a friend

Off to up his game, and meet a friend
TNP Dollah Kassim award winners R Aaravin (left) and Hazim Faiz at Changi Airport before their flight to Metz, France.

SINGAPORE - While packing for his 10- day trip to Metz, France, on Thursday, R Aaravin made sure he included a can of hair wax in his luggage.

"It's for Adam Swandi," said the 18-year-old footballer.

"He said it was very important; he forgot to bring it with him the last time he left Singapore."

Aaravin, along with his national Under-19 teammate Hazim Faiz, left for a 10-day training stint at French second division outfit FC Metz on Thursday night.

The trip is courtesy of the Singapore Pools Passport to Excellence, after both players won The New Paper's Dollah Kassim award.

Defender Aaravin bagged it in 2012, while Off to up his game, and meet a friend striker Hazim, 18, won it last year.

They will stay at the Metz academy and train with the youth team. They will also link up with their friend and 2011 Dollah Kassim Award winner Adam Swandi, who is currently on a youth contract at the club.

Initiative

Singapore Pools launched the incentive in 2010 to nurture young sports talent, in line with its commitment as a leading partner in the sports community.

Janet Seow, director of corporate services and public affairs, Singapore Pools, said: "We are pleased to reward Aaravin and Hazim with the opportunity to learn and hone their football skills in France.

"We will definitely follow their development both on and off the pitch."

The teenagers have played in Metz before - last year with the national U-18s, who went on a fivematch training tour.

Said Aaravin: "The training will be new to us. It's important, especially as a young player, to train under different coaches.

"Also, playing in our National Football Academy, we know everyone's strengths and weaknesses.

"In France, I'm looking forward to playing against foreign opposition and see where I stand."


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