FAS adopts ‘start-from-scratch’ approach, signs MOU with ActiveSG

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ActiveSG in a bid to boost youth football development in Singapore. 

The initiation of the Active Cubs Programme will help to 'Drive Grassroots Football Forward' with hopes that more youths will learn and play the sport under a streamlined FAS footballing curriculum.

ActiveSG Football Academy will manage and run all the Active Cubs Programme in Singapore while FAS will offer knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of existing academy programmes.

With several academies around, FAS had chosen ActiveSG due to their ability to engage a considerable amount of young children with up to 600 participants across eight centres in Singapore.

This project will be spearheaded by the man behind Belgium’s golden generation that has produced the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany and Eden Hazard — FAS technical director Michel Sablon.

Sablon aims to implement the same footballing philosophy and curriculum for the children to play football the ‘right’ and ‘fun’ way so as to ensure consistency throughout different age groups.

With several academies around, FAS had chosen ActiveSG due to their ability to engage a considerable amount of young children with up to 600 participants across eight centres in Singapore.

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"FAS is not designed or equipped in having mass engagement. We are in tuned with development so we needed ActiveSG to step in and help with the engagement side" said FAS vice president Bernard Tan.

Sport Singapore CEO Lim Teck Yin added:"It has taken some time to establish capabilities. It was important that we start from ground zero because we did not have the capabilities and had to prove ourselves to FAS, it's not to say that we are the natural choice for FAS (with many other private and public football academies around)."

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