Under-6s now part of FAS Junior Centre of Excellence programme
SINGAPORE, 9 JUNE 2012: Keeping in line with the youth development initiatives indicated in the strategic plan announced by The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) two years ago, a new age group, the Under-6s for the Junior Centre of Excellence (JCOE) programme was introduced today at Hong Kah Secondary School.
The first Under-6 session kicked off at 7.30am with nine boys being put through a fun yet technical session to get familiar with each other. It got off to a roaring start with parents being excited as much as their children for the start of their footballing journey.
And despite the rain, the boys were enthusiastic and gave their best on the pitch.
Their parents too played a part from the side-lines, with words of encouragement and snapping away with their cameras to document their boys’ first JCOE session.
Madam Hana, who was present with her son 5-year-old Rakin, said, “It is a good age for kids to get into football and it was interesting to see the boys going through their first session. My husband and I are planning to spread the word amongst our friends and relatives about the new age group introduction, to get them to enrol their boys too."
Speaking more on the parents whom she had spent some time with, Madam Hana mentioned “It was really nice to see the parents playing a part today and the interaction between the kids, coaches and parents was good.”
FAS’ Senior Head, Game Development, Jita Singh said, “With the introduction of this age group, we can now introduce them to the beautiful game and allow them to learn about it too. It is a good age to start off with and we feel we can only move forward from here as we will see the kids make the progression from the Under-6s to the Under-8s then Under-10s and so on. It is all about development and progression for the young footballers involved in our JCOEs.”
He added, “ When we invited FIFA to evaluate and assess our Football Development Programmes in September last year, FIFA Technical Director, Mr Jean Michel Benezet after reviewing our various youth development programmes concluded at the end of his visit that our youth development set-up and technical programmes were among the best in the region. Following the review, we set out to increase the number of JCOEs from three in 2011 to 10 centres in 2012, covering all zones in Singapore.”
FAS looks forward to seeing more participants in the following weeks as enrolment for the Under-6s is open every Saturday, 7.30am at Hong Kah Secondary School and enrolment forms can be collected from the Centre Manager on duty.