They spend thousands for their kids to learn football

They spend thousands for their kids to learn football
FIRED UP: Ms Carol Tan is behind the Elias Park Football Club.

SINGAPORE - Call them super football mums and dads.

Mr Ronald Pang heads a team of 11 mums and dads who would probably win awards for being the most committed to The Beautiful Game.

They shell out between $1,000 and $2,000 a month to rent fields for a group of 95 kids called the West Coast Boyz.

They spend another $1,200 a month for coaches so that the kids get to improve at each two-hour session on Saturdays.

Mr Pang, who has a company that deals in hearing aids, says: "Football is a great form of exercise. It also builds confidence and team spirit.

"I'm happy to pay for these boys because I know it will improve their lives and make them happy.

"I'm passionate about football. Everybody should get a chance to play football regardless of family background."

It all started in 2005, when Mr Lim Wee Kok, 45, a sales manager, took his two sons and church friends to play football at West Coast Park.

Over time, other boys joined their weekly sessions.

Among them was Mr Pang, who joined the group in 2008 with his boys, who were in Primary 1 and Primary 5 then.

Mr Pang, who lives in Toh Tuck, says: "I was strolling in the park with my kids and saw the group playing.

"I recognised Wee Kok, because we were friends in secondary school. He asked if my kids and I could join them and that's how we got involved."

Since then, Mr Pang has been organising the games for the group, which has grown since.

They also hire coaches, to the tune of another $1,200 a month.

While the players can opt to contribute $10 a session, they don't have to if money is tight.

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