'Small physique doesn't matter in football'

'Small physique doesn't matter in football'
Paul Scholes talking to some of the participants before the start of the soccer clinic held at Jalan Besar stadium.

Standing at 1.71 metres, Paul Scholes is the perfect player to tell you that physique matters little in football.

Those were the former Red Devil's words of encouragement to the 40 budding footballers at the training session yesterday morning.

As part of Courts' 40th anniversary celebrations, Scholes helped S.League side Courts Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar give a training session to 20 members of the Special Olympics team and 20 footballers from East View Secondary School at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Ten Young Lions players were also brought in to assist in the one-hour session.

When asked if he had any advice for young footballers in Singapore, Scholes said: "A small physique doesn't matter. Look at the Spanish players; some of them are five feet four (1.63m), but are techniquely gifted players.

"You've got some great facilities here for children to learn the game and be good on the ball.

"You don't need to be big and powerful to be succesful in this sport,"

Scholes, 39, who last visited Singapore in 2001, has won a total of 11 Premiership titles, two Champions League trophies and three FA Cups. He was also a key part of the historic treble-winning side of 1999.

TRAINING

He led the 40 trainees through a series of passing, shooting and dribbling drills.

In the process, he demonstrated first-hand some of the skills which made him as one of the best players in the English Premiership during his 21-year career.

For 15-year-old East View student Haikal Mohktar, the experience has inspired him to be a better player.

He said: "I'm a huge Man United fan, and Scholes is my second favourite player after Ryan Giggs.

"This was a big opportunity for me and my school, and I really enjoyed the whole thing."


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