Geylang sign MOU with Valencia to run football school

This MOU will also see a full-time coach from Valencia academy be based in Singapore to help train students... 

Valencia CF and Geylang International inked a three-year partnership on Thursday at Singapore Sports Institute to run football clinics and camps.

The programmes will be held at the Valencia CF Soccer School, a football academy the Spanish the club intends to open in Singapore.

Geylang chairman Ben Teng said that the Eagles have been in discussions with Valencia for “a couple of months”, and that the two were able to reach an agreement as they “shared the same values and philosophies of youth development”.

The agreement between both parties will also see a full-time coach from the famed Valencia academy be based in Singapore. He will be arriving in Singapore in June, as the first programme is about to be launched soon.

Valencia academy has produced former World Cup winner David Albelda and current Real Madrid star Isco.

“The coach is actually from their academy, he’s got some international experience, But at this moment we are not at liberty to reveal his name,” Geylang committee member Bambang Sugeng added.

“We’ve already identified the candidate and he speaks good English … he’ll be based in Singapore, so we will benefit a lot from his presence, especially for our youth system because Geylang has always been about youth.”

The project between both clubs will also benefit the Eagles by acting as a pathway into Geylang’s Prime League and Centre of Excellence.

“We are actually creating a pathway, that is critical. That’s the key difference. If in the event anyone is really outstanding, there will be an opportunity for the person to go for attachment in Valencia," Bambang said.

“The thing is to create an ecosystem. We must get the youth right; once we get our basics right, over time the players coming through will be right.”

Valencia’s programme is slated to comprise 10-sessions and three-day courses. It will be available to both boys and girls aged 10 to 16 years old.