Football: Bill Ng's Game Changers to focus on seven key areas to revive S'pore football, want to expand S-League

Hougang United chairman Bill Ng speaking at the press conference at the Fullerton Bay Hotel on April 13.ST VIDEO: JOHN PRAVIN
The team led by Mr Bill Ng listed seven key areas, such as talent scouting and player care, that it believes need change to nurse the ailing sport back to health.
The team led by Mr Bill Ng listed seven key areas, such as talent scouting and player care, that it believes need change to nurse the ailing sport back to health.PHOTO: COURTESY OF BILL NG

SINGAPORE - The Game Changers, the electoral team fronted by Bill Ng, has rolled out its manifesto on Thursday (April 13) for the upcoming Football Association of Singapore (FAS) election.

At a press conference held at the Fullerton Bay Hotel, the team led by the Hougang United chairman listed key areas it believes need change to nurse the ailing sport back to health.

The seven categories are administration, technical, facilities, talent scouting, commercial activities, player care and competitions.

And one major focus for the Game Changers, if they are elected, is to force a complete rethink of the S-League as it aims to expand its current line-up of nine clubs, of which two are foreign, to a bigger structure with 12 to 14 teams.

The team has also called for the revamped S-League to be self-sustaining and excess funds be pumped into the second-tier National Football League with the aim of getting them promoted to the S-League.

 
 
 

Ng said: "These seven areas are fundamental elements which are extremely pivotal to achieving success in the modern game of football.

"It is imperative that we get down to the basics, and start redrawing our strategies to ensure that football in Singapore becomes future-ready, is able to develop at all levels, and which will ultimately bring Singaporeans from all walk of lives together again.

"Football is a sport which can rally communities, and it is vital that we pool together to bring the roar back to Singapore football."

The 57-year-old private equity firm director also introduced members of his nine-man slate as well as the individual candidates aligned to him.

A prominent member is Annabel Pennefather, who comes with rich experience as a sports administrator in the local and international arena.

The lawyer, who hopes to advocate women's football if elected in the council, said: "Women's football in Singapore needs a lot more support.

"Our aim is to provide more opportunities for women and girls to play football, have the benefit of talent identification and tracking programs, the allocation of realistic budgets to develop all aspects of women's football.

"This includes training and mentoring of more women coaches, referees, technical officials and administrators and other initiatives highlighted in our team's manifesto."

The Game Changers team will face off Team LKT, led by lawyer Lim Kia Tong, in the FAS election held at the Sports Hub on April 29.