PA to expand its children's football programme

Md Erfan Bin Erhan, (blue top) 14, and Rodney Tan, (yellow top) 12, during a match at the PAssion Children's Football Family Fiesta 2015 at the Home United Youth Football Academy on Feb 8, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Md Erfan Bin Erhan, (blue top) 14, and Rodney Tan, (yellow top) 12, during a match at the PAssion Children's Football Family Fiesta 2015 at the Home United Youth Football Academy on Feb 8, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Six-year-old Mohd Rafique Izacq (left) and Kumar Arnav, 9, trying to score a goal at the PAssion Children's Football Family Fiesta 2015 at the Home United Youth Football Academy on Feb 8, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Six-year-old Mohd Rafique Izacq (left) and Kumar Arnav, 9, trying to score a goal at the PAssion Children's Football Family Fiesta 2015 at the Home United Youth Football Academy on Feb 8, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Participants posing for a photograph during the PAssion Children's Football Family Fiesta 2015 at the Home United Youth Football Academy on Feb 8, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Participants posing for a photograph during the PAssion Children's Football Family Fiesta 2015 at the Home United Youth Football Academy on Feb 8, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - More children from all backgrounds can get access to a football training programme organised by the Peoples Association (PA) Community Sports Clubs as it undergoes expansion this year.

Since its launch in 2004, more than 7,000 children aged five to 12 have participated in the training sessions, held by local coaches and parent volunteers.

Called PAssion Children's Football, the programme has no selection criteria other than age and is open to children with special needs.

Kids from low income families can also have the annual training fees - typically $60 - waived upon request.

Last October, the PA announced a partnership with the Ministry of Education to bring PAssion Children's Football closer to residents by organising sessions using school facilities. Since then, six primary schools have come on board, garnering a total participation of close to 400 children and parents.

The PA will also be implementing training for parent volunteers to better prepare them for their young players' needs. It will include football coaching for children, first aid, nutrition, and tournament organisation.