Football: Courts and Liverpool Football Academy return for third year

Anthony Owens (right), Coach for the Courts and Liverpool Football Academy 2014, and participants from the Sg Cerebral Palsy Football Team and Special Olympics Football Team. -- PHOTO: COURTS SINGAPORE
Anthony Owens (right), Coach for the Courts and Liverpool Football Academy 2014, and participants from the Sg Cerebral Palsy Football Team and Special Olympics Football Team. -- PHOTO: COURTS SINGAPORE

More than 200 young footballers will be coached by Liverpool Academy-trained coaches, thanks to the Dec 1-5 Courts and Liverpool Football Academy, a regional partnership between Liverpool FC and Courts Asia.

The Academy, held at Meridian Junior College, will be led by three coaches from Liverpool - Fraser Ablett, Anthony Owens, and David Kirner. The trio will also run a workshop with local coaches.

This is the third consecutive year that the Academy is being held, and CEO of Courts Singapore Terry O'Connor said: "Our collaboration with the Academy underscores our commitment to develop the local football landscape. We are excited to be giving young Singaporeans this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train under the coaching practices that have shaped players such as Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, and Raheem Sterling."

The Courts and Liverpool Football Academy concludes with the inaugural Courts Cup, a one-day tournament featuring six schools from the Schools National B Division football finals. A most valuable player will also be crowned, and he will win an all-expenses paid trip to Anfield to catch the Reds in action.