PARTICIPANTS of the inaugural 24Sevens are in for a treat.
The Singapore leg of the international seven-a-side football tournament, which features 48 teams, will provide amateur footballers with the opportunity to play alongside some of the men who once invoked the famous Kallang Roar. Local legends such as Lim Tong Hai, Malek Awab, Nazri Nasir and other Lions from the 1994 Singapore Dream Team will be up for grabs come May 15 at The Cage Sports Park @ Turf City.
However, each team is allowed to have only one of these veterans. Bidding for these former players starts at about $500 and can be done through the official website. Part of the proceeds will go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
The winning team of the two-day event will walk away with $20,000 worth of cash and prizes, including an all-expenses paid trip to Bangkok for the year-end 24Sevens International Cup.
Non-participants will have no lack of entertainment as well. One can grab a beer, nab a bargain buy at the bazaar, or catch their favourite sports movies. Those who prefer action on the virtual field can also take part in the 24Sevens FIFA15 tournament, where they can win up to $1,000 worth of cash and prizes.
Spanish football fans can save on air tickets and watch a mini "El Clasico" taking place right here in Singapore, with talented youths from FC Barcelona Soccer School Singapore and Real Madrid Academy Foundation squaring off in a mini kids tournament, along with teams from the AC Milan Soccer School Singapore and the Straits Times SPMF right before the tournament kicks off.
For parents who believe they may have the next Messi at home, registrants will be able to sign their children up for an exclusive FC Barcelona football clinic for free on May 16.
Additionally, a reduced registration fee of $388 will be given to the next 15 teams that sign up. Interested teams can do so at www.24sevensfootball.com from now till May 9.