Hong Kah Secondary have won the inaugural Courts Cup competition, beating out five other teams on Friday afternoon.
The 'B' Division powerhouse emerged triumphant after edging Siglap Secondary 1-0 in the final to clinch the winners' trophy, while Aidie Hanafi from Regent Secondary was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Over 100 players from six secondary schools had participated in a three-day football festival at the third edition of The Courts and Liverpool Football Academy at Meridian Junior College this week.
The first two days (Wednesday and Thursday) saw them put through their paces by visiting Liverpool International Football Academy coaches, concluding with the Courts Cup on the final day.
Hong Kah head coach Mohamed Zainudeen was pleased to see how the coaching in 'The Liverpool Way' through the guest coaches had benefitted all involved.
“It is good exposure for the boys as they get the finer technical pointers from quality Liverpool academy coaches,” he said.
“The clinics provided a different and fun approach where the boys got to enjoy themselves as they were a break from the routine sessions they usually received in school.”
Having the talent to play the game was essential, but the Liverpool coaches were also looking for a local gem who showed excellent character and conduct off the pitch.
For his all-round disciplined showing and commendable attitude in his game, 15-year-old Aidie earned an all-expenses paid trip to Anfield to catch Liverpool live in action, courtesy of furniture, IT and electronic retailer Courts.
The young defender expressed surprise at the award as he shared with FourFourTwo how the Liverpool football clinic had opened his eyes to the attitude and mindset of the guest coaches who are responsible of moulding the Steven Gerrards of tomorrow back in England.
“I feel very grateful to be given this award,” he said.
“It was a great opportunity for me to be learning plenty from the Liverpool coaches.
“A consistent tip the coaches have told me is to continuously show the hunger to improve and stay positive.
“I really enjoyed the clinic sessions and they told me the drills they taught are how the Liverpool youth teams train regularly.”comments