Home United FC Launch Youth Football Academy
10 Feb 2014
Home United Football Club (HUFC), one of the biggest football clubs in Singapore, broke new ground in the local football scene with the launch of the Home United Youth Football Academy (HYFA), at 8 Mattar Road on 8th February 2014.
The new football academy is “more than just turf, net and concrete infrastructure. It is not just for today, or the next few years. It is my sincere hope that this platform outlasts the next decade to groom generations of youth talent, and give hope to our society,” said Guest of Honour Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With its focus on education and sport, HYFA will create a new pathway to success for aspiring footballers.
SportCares was invited to showcase a typical Saturday Night Lights (SNL) session as part of the launch. Some 34 boys and the coaches from SNL Jurong were present at Mattar Road for the training session. The boys impressed the guests with their discipline and dedication on the pitch. And SportCares was thrilled with the new community space for footballers to practise and improve their sport.
Some 200 guests were taken on a tour of the academy, which featured 10 futsal pitches and classrooms, amongst other facilities, where specialised training demonstrations and drills provided a preview of HYFA’s concept. A structured football education curriculum, including a sports science component, will be implemented to help the players achieve football excellence. To ensure that their academic studies also remain a priority for the players, HYFA study coordinators will monitor their progress and customise study programmes for them.
HUFC chairman Anselm Lopez said “HYFA is an important step in the development of youth football for both club and country. The launch of HYFA is a natural step going forward to engage our youth in a more holistic way, completing their football education in a structured manner so that they have more than a good chance to excel at (a higher) stage.”
Speaking on the sidelines of the training session, Jeremy Pillai, Senior Executive with SportCares said, “The SportCares boys were delighted to be sharing the stage with HUFC’s Centre of Excellence (COE) and Prime League players. A key highlight was Fazrul Nawaz’s appearance at their training pitch and the advice he shared with the boys as it inspired them to work harder and smarter at chasing their football dreams.”
Glenn Kweh, who was part of last year’s HUFC Under-14 championship winning team, shared his thoughts with guests when he took to the stage. “I can’t wait to start my training and study programmes with my peers here. I would also like to thank the many ‘uncles and aunties’ who supported and helped build this place with HUFC. Thank you for giving us our chance of a lifetime to fulfil our dreams.”