SINGAPORE - In efforts to expand its reach, the ActiveSG Football Academy will team up with two-time S-League champions Geylang International to launch a sixth venue at Bedok Stadium and its head coach will be club captain Isa Halim.
The five other venues are Jurong East Stadium (Hyrizan Jufri), Queenstown Stadium (Robin Chitrakar), Serangoon Stadium (Richard Bok), Woodlands Stadium (Hairil Amin) and Kallang Field (Steven Tan).
The partnership was announced on Sunday (Aug 14) at a football festival organised by the academy, where more than 300 kids from the academy's five venues came together to participate in a friendly tournament at the Marina Bay floating platform.
Sport Singapore chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin and Geylang chairman Ben Teng exchanged jerseys to commemorate the new union.
This will be the first academy programme to be jointly run by an S-League outfit and as part of the agreement, Geylang's Young Eagles Soccer (YES) academy will be merged under ActiveSG when the programme officially starts on Sept 17.
Isa, who previously led the YES academy, said: "I already have coaches who have experience like Noor Ali (Geylang assistant coach), Nor Azli (vice-captain) and Daniel Bennett (defender) as well. What we have at this new centre is that not are we just coaches, but players as well. Not only can we share our coaching philosophy but also the other side of playing like the mentality and how to prepare yourself to be up there.
"It's not easy - it's a long road to be a footballer and you've a lot of ups and downs. That's where I think our experience and our knowledge will be useful when we share it with the younger players."
Registration is open for the next season of the ActiveSG Football Academy programme and is open for those aged six to 16. For more details and to sign up, visit www.myactivesg.com/start-out/children-youth/academy/football