Instead of just screening World Cup matches, why not have football-related events for the community to enjoy as well?
With this idea, three members of Jurong Green Community Centre have organised a mini football fiesta with fringe activities.
They include the table football game Subbuteo and a mini flea market selling football paraphernalia. There is also a PlayStation 3 2014 Fifa World Cup tournament, where the winner will get a PlayStation 3 and a copy of the game.
The events start at 8pm every Friday and Saturday night during the World Cup. On weekdays, football-related movies will be screened before the matches.
The chairman of the committee involved, Mr Rudy Hesty Roslan, 39, said: "We wanted to do it for the community. Although we are not in Brazil, we want to make people feel like they are there."
This is the first time that Jurong Green Community Club is screening World Cup matches. Another 39 community clubs across the island are also hosting live match screenings.
Safra is also hosting screenings in its Tampines, Yishun and Mount Faber branches.
Those at Yishun and Mount Faber are open to the public, but the Tampines screenings are open to Safra members and up to three guests per member.
Safra Toa Payoh will screen only the Final on July 14. It is open to the public, with free beer and snacks provided.
All seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.
As an avid football fan, Safra Tampines assistant club manager Bobby Lim is looking forward to hosting the matches at the club lobby, which can take up to 200 people.
"Not many people get to watch World Cup matches as part of their job. It is like killing two birds with one stone," he said with a grin.
"Above all, we want to do this for our Safra members and we hope they enjoy themselves."
For more information about the screenings at community clubs, visit http://www.pa.gov.sg/highlights/world-cup-community-screenings-438.html and for Safra, www.safra.sg/soccerfever
This article was first published on June 14, 2014.
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