Loads of activities to engage fans at Festival of Football

Fans enjoying themselves at last Saturday's Sports Hub screening of the France-Australia World Cup match.
Fans enjoying themselves at last Saturday's Sports Hub screening of the France-Australia World Cup match.PHOTO: SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB

It is not just the matches that are getting fans of the beautiful game all excited during the month-long World Cup in Russia. The Singapore Sports Hub's local football events are also generating a lot of buzz.

The Young Lions, together with players from fellow Singapore Premier League club (SPL) Home United, will be at the Sports Hub's Festival of Football, a fiesta from June 14 to July 30, to engage fans tomorrow.

They will be at the Sports Hub Library to share their experiences as professional footballers.

Undergraduate Garey Yeo is looking forward to learn more from the players during the session.

The 25-year-old said: "There is always a distant gap between football players and fans today.

"It would be good for the players to share their experiences personally with the fans and keep the connection between the game and fans strong."

Young Lions midfielder Jacob Mahler, who was recently praised by Singapore head coach Fandi Ahmad for impressing with the senior national team, is looking forward to meeting fans at the Festival of Football.

The 18-year-old said: "I am excited to meet them at the Sports Hub and share my experiences as a professional player to the younger generation and potential players.

"It is important for current players like us to inspire the future generations of local footballers; we want the sport to live on here."

Hougang United's vice-captain Fabian Kwok is delighted that the Sports Hub is now truly the home of Singapore's football.

The 28-year-old combative midfielder said: "The Sports Hub has the best atmosphere for football, and it has plenty of activities now to attract fans to the sport ."

The 55,000-seater National Stadium hosted two SPL matches last month and will be the venue for another two - Young Lions v Home tomorrow and Hougang v Brunei DPMM on Sunday - during the Festival of Football.

Members of the public can also take part in competitions and football tournaments, featuring up to 128 teams across different categories. The top three winners of each category will win up to $1,800 worth of cash prizes.

• Visit sportshub.com.sg/FoF for more information.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2018, with the headline 'Loads of activities to engage fans at Festival of Football'. Print Edition | Subscribe