FAS lauds Epson’s Singapore Cup initiative

Technology giant Epson have offered another platform for youth footballers to shine in Singapore with the launch of the inaugural Epson Singapore Cup… 

The competition, to be held in September this year, will be jointly hosted by Sinad Sports and will be open to two categories, under-15 and under-17 age-groups.

It will be open to all players, except those already involved in the national youth set-ups.

We are beginning to see that everyone understands why Singapore's football future lies in youth development

- Zainudin Nordin

The under-15 winners will get a chance to train at the Valencia CF Soccer School in Singapore for two days, while the under-17 champions will earn a five-day training stint in Japan with Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club.

During the tournament, personnel from S.League club Geylang International including head coach Hasrin Jailani will be making appearances to provide participants with coaching tips and playing advice.

The initiative was lauded by Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin and he believes this will benefit Singapore football in the long run.

Epson has previously organised training stints for the various national set-ups and was instrumental in taking Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud to Matsumoto Yamaga for a week-long training block late last year.

“I am very happy because we have a partner in Epson who is very committed and involved,” Zainudin said.

Izwan during his Japanese training stint. Photo: Epson Singapore

“We are very fortunate to have Epson as our partner and the launching of the Epson Singapore Cup is also an illustration of how they are looking at ways to develop younger talents.

“We are beginning to see that everyone understand why Singapore's football future lies in youth development.

FAS also has a sponsorship deal with Epson, which will end this year. However, Zainudin revealed the association is working to extend the partnership between the parties.

“We are working on it, I am talking to the officials and we believe this is a good partnership and we will continue to explore how we can further this and strengthen it,” he added.

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