The Sport Singapore (Sport SG) and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) have roped in the German football giants, Borussia Dortmund and the Spanish football league, La Liga, as their strategic partners in a project labelled as “Unleash The Roar!.”
Following this association both the football entities will be providing expertise in the areas of youth development, coach development, and sports science. While both will also help in securing overseas stints for the growing and the best Singapore talent.
La Liga coaches will be specifically helping in key positions alongside the local coaches in 10 newly-launched School Football Academies (SFAs). While the Bundesliga giants, Borussia Dortmund will be lending their expertise and jointly developing a coach development programme in the new project, Unleash The Roar!.
This partnership will come into an immediate effect and at first, La Liga youth coaches and sports experts will be taking up their roles at the School Football Academies by the first quarter of 2022.
Ten SFA’s will be kick-starting a pilot project next year, which will be changing the face of youth development in Singapore, as it will almost triple the current base of youths exposed to a higher level of training.
Speaking on the occasion, Eric Chua, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth & Social and Family Development, said: “This is a significant step for the Unleash The Roar! project. For Singapore football to raise our game to play at the highest level, we must first build a strong foundation. The initiatives announced today will not only allow our brightest young talent better access to a higher-level of training and competition on a daily basis, but also pave pathways for them to develop their game at some of the top football institutions overseas.”
Adding to it, Lim Teck Yin, CEO of Sport Singapore and deputy chair of the UTR, said: “It is important that we begin our UTR! journey with the right partners who understand the value that they bring to the table for this national project to be on strong footing. The UTR! project is a collective effort, drawing on the support of the public-private-people sectors to help us achieve our goals. We are fortunate that in the Ministry of Education (MOE), our international partners, and our EXCO, we have found good teammates”