Learning 'The Liverpool Way'
The Courts and Liverpool Football Academy (LFA) returns to Singapore once again this December for a third consecutive year, as more than 200 aspiring young talents will earn the chance to hone their skills ‘The Liverpool Way’.
Held from 1 to 5 December, the aim is to provide youth of today with a platform to show their potential and learn new skills and techniques under some of the best Academy experts around.
This year, the course will be guided by three LFA-trained coaches – Fraser Ablett, Anthony Owens and David Kimer, who will conduct a week-long coaching session with 200 participants comprising of the top contenders in the National ‘B’ Division Football Championships, the Singapore Cerebral Palsy Football Team, the Singapore Special Olympics Football Team, the Courts Young Lions as well as some lucky football enthusiasts.
Part of a regional partnership between Liverpool FC and Courts Asia, the initiative aims to grow the sport from grassroots level by giving fans the opportunity to train under ‘The Liverpool Way’.
“Football is undeniably one of the most popular sports in Singapore, and we are very excited to be giving young Singaporeans this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train under the coaching practices that have shaped great players such as Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Raheem Sterling,” said Country CEO of Courts Singapore Terry O’Connor.
“Our collaboration with the Academy underscores our commitment to develop the local football landscape by honing the technical and social abilities of young Singaporean talents on and off the pitch, as well as inspire them to reach their full potential.”
Courts’ partnership with the Liverpool Academy is yet another instance of its commitment to football fans in Singapore, with the leading electrical, IT and furniture retailer having already brought Manchester United legend Paul Scholes and former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby to the country earlier this year.
The inaugural Courts Cup
This year’s Academy will also see the debut of the Courts Cup, a one-day tournament featuring six schools from the ‘B’ Division Inter-school Finals – Bendemeer Secondary School, Hong Kah Secondary School, Siglap Secondary School, Regent Secondary School, St Patrick Secondary School and Tanjong Katong Secondary School. All teams will train in the Academy before taking to the football pitch to do battle for the Courts Cup.
To throw in some added spice to the competition, the three Liverpool Academy coaches will also select a Most Valuable Player, who will win an all-expenses paid trip to Anfield to catch Liverpool live in action!
Also participating in the Academy is the Singapore Cerebral Palsy Football Team, who recently won a silver medal in the 7th ASEAN Para Games 2014 in Myanmar. The team competed in the 2014 Asian Para Games in Korea, and are training for the 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015, set to be held in Singapore.
15 slots have also been made available for members of the public to join in the fun, with interested participants encouraged to take selfies donning a football kit or other memorabilia, together with a paragraph of not more than 100 words on why they should be chosen to attend the Academy. Log on to http://www.courts.com.sg/Liverpool/Home to submit your entries no later than 25 November 2014!
For more information, please do also visit www.courts.com.sg.