Kick-about for charity

Spanish La Liga ambassador and former Valencia player Gaizka Mendieta (left) releasing a pass under the attention of Acting Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung (black socks) in an exhibition match at the Football With A Heart tournament yesterday. Org
PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES

Spanish La Liga ambassador and former Valencia player Gaizka Mendieta (left) releasing a pass under the attention of Acting Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung (black socks) in an exhibition match at the Football With A Heart tournament yesterday. Organised by Singapore Pools, Sport Singapore and the Football Association of Singapore, the five-a-side charity tournament saw 1,000 players, including other parliamentarians and MediaCorp artistes, competing in over 220 matches at the National Stadium. Mendieta, along with Valencia players like Santi Mina and Mathew Ryan, also conducted a clinic for youths on the sidelines. So far, the event's fourth edition has raised over $500,000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 22, 2016, with the headline 'Kick-about for charity'. Print Edition | Subscribe