Football: Barclays Premier League trophy makes a stop at Hong Kah Secondary

British bank Barclays collaborated with Hong Kah Secondary School to give its students the opportunity to pose for pictures with the Barclays Premier League trophy.
British bank Barclays collaborated with Hong Kah Secondary School to give its students the opportunity to pose for pictures with the Barclays Premier League trophy. PHOTO: ST SPORTS DESK/TWITTER

SINGAPORE - On Monday morning, the very same Barclays Premier League trophy hoisted aloft by John Terry and his victorious Chelsea side in the 2014/2015 season found itself in the heart of Jurong West.

As part of promotional events leading up to the Barclays Asia Trophy tournament taking place at the National Stadium on July 15 and 18, British bank Barclays collaborated with Hong Kah Secondary School to give its students the opportunity to pose for pictures with the glittery trophy.

Gasps and broad smiles broke out from the wide-eyed students as they posed alongside the iconic silverware, before collecting their processed photos as a keepsake.

Students also teased their Liverpool-supporting friends on their beloved club's absence from the list of league winners engraved on the trophy amidst all the fanfare.

Hong Kah's Head of Department for student development, character and citizenship education Abdul Razak Masiran, 40, was delighted that his school was chosen to host the event.

"EPL football has a huge following and attracts the most interest here amongst Hong Kah students, so to have the trophy in our school is a great opportunity to cater to the strong football culture here," he said.

The school has carved out a niche area in football as a co-curricular activity (CCA) and have dominated at both the zonal and national levels, notably winning the Boys' 'B' and 'C' Division double in 2012 and 2014.

With alumni like current Singapore internationals Afiq Yunos and Hyrulnizam Juma'at, Hong Kah hope that having one of the most coveted trophies in world football will inspire their current crop of players to go as far as they can in the sport.

One such aspiring professional footballer is 13-year-old Muhd Zahin Hidayatullah Basri. The striker scored the opener in Hong Kah's 3-0 win over the Singapore Sports School in their 'C' Division first-round match last Friday.

The Arsenal fan will see his idols in the flesh when they face a Singapore selection on July 15, as Barclays is giving 50 tickets to Hong Kah students to catch the action that day.

"I'm very happy that the trophy is here in our school, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I can't wait to catch Arsenal live in action, " he said.

The trophy will also grace private events in Singapore.