More than 40 primary school girls turned up at Queensway Secondary School on Sunday to learn how to play football.
The participants, aged between six and 12 years of age, became part of the launch of the Football Association of Singapore's (FAS) first all-girls training centre for its Cubs Programme.
“This is the first time I have seen so many girls in Singapore gathering to learn to play football,” Julie Teo, the general manager of the Grassroots and Women's Football Department, said in a FAS release.
“[It’s] very promising. Let's hope the number will continue to grow over the next few weeks.”
Girls aged 6 to 8 took part in the first session on Sunday, while the older students trained in separate groups during the later hours of the morning.
"I wanted to join this programme because I love football,” 11-year-old Shereen Danial, who learnt to pass and dribble via a variety of games and exercises, revealed.
“My family introduced me to the sport and I started playing it when I was seven. I have a brother who trains with the National Football Academy U-15 squad, and I [too] hope to represent Singapore like him in future.
"I thought today's training was fun and I am looking to improve my skills and technique through this programme."
The training centre at Queensway Secondary is the second Cubs Programme grassroots football centre to be launched by the FAS as part of an initiative to hone talent from an early age.
Queensway Secondary follows closely in Sembawang Primary’s footsteps as the second Cubs Programme grassroots football centre to be launched by the FAS, which will now open its doors to the public to attract budding young female footballers.
All our other centres will be opened to both boys and girls. But we thought it would be good to also have one catering specifically to girls," Teo explained.
"This will help us to expand our base of primary school girls learning to play football.”
The first-month registration fee of $50 per head is inclusive of insurance and a set of football attire, while $24 will be charged every subsequent month.
The FAS will be opening its third centre at Serangoon Stadium in June, offering training sessions to many more aspiring footballers on Saturdays.
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