New school hopes to develop quality coaches

As part of Football Association of Singapore (FAS) technical director Michel Sablon's development plan, a new coaching school will be set up to enhance the quality of coaching in Singapore.

Dubbed the FAS Coach Education School, the institution will organise all Fifa and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) coaching courses currently offered by the FAS.

The school will also hold refresher courses for holders of AFC coaching licences, so as to update them with the latest coaching methodologies.

However, unlike before, coaches now have to meet admission criteria to enrol in the school's courses.

More stringent standards will be put in place to ensure a steady pipeline of highly qualified coaches.

The school will be run by Sablon, national youth teams head coach Richard Tardy and head of coach education Basir Ellaya Kutty.

With partners such as the Ministry of Education, Sport Singapore and People's Association on board, the FAS hopes, in the long run, that all coaches will be receive its official certification.

The FAS added that more details will be announced at a later date.

National striker Khairul Amri said he is looking forward to taking up the courses offered after his playing career.

The 31-year-old said: "I hope to pursue a career in coaching in the future... it is another established platform for me to develop my technical abilities in coaching."

Chua Siang Yee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2016, with the headline 'New school hopes to develop quality coaches'. Print Edition | Subscribe