Women's ● Jul 24, 2018

FAS hosts Under-12 girls from Hong Kong in training camp

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Hong Kong U12 girls visited the FAS during their training camp

SINGAPORE, 24 JULY 2018 – The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) hosted the Hong Kong Football Association Representative Under-12 Girls’ team last week. The team was in Singapore from 18-23 July 2018 for a training camp and played four matches, including one match against FAS Under-12 Development squad.

Citing Singapore’s diverse youth set-up as a key reason for their decision to come to Singapore for the training camp, Betty Wong and Chan Shuk Chi, the coaches of the team, were appreciative of the hospitality shown to them by the FAS, in particular from FAS General Manager, Grassroots and Women’s Football Julie Teo.

“Our thanks to Julie and her team for the warm reception they have given us. In the past six days, we have gained a deeper understanding of the women’s football scene in Singapore. We will also be taking back some good practices that we have observed in Singapore such as forging closer ties with the schools,” said the two coaches, who are both AFC Professional Coaching Diploma holders.

The team took time out of their training camp to visit the Football Association of Singapore as well as attractions such as the Night Safari and the Singapore Discovery Centre to round off their time in SIngapore.

Local coaches had the opportunity to learn from the experienced Hong Kong coaches

Local women’s coaches also had the opportunity to learn from Betty and Shuk Chi – who are leading AFC women’s coaches and instructors in the region – in a sharing session during one of their training sessions, picking up valuable insights from them.

Commenting on the women’s football in Singapore, they said: “Women’s football has been expanding in the recent years under Julie’s leadership. We note that many girls’ football activities and events have been organised in Singapore, and that the development of players, coaches and administrators have been emphasized. However, there still needs to be more attention and support for women’s football in order for it to continue growing.”

Hong Kong U12 Girls Team with the FAS U12 Developmental Squad

The Hong Kong Football Association Representative Under-12 Girls’ team also played friendly matches against Telok Kurau Primary School, the FAS-FIFA Live Your Goals Girls’ Centres at Queensway and Bowen Secondary Schools.

Erene Ong, who coaches at the Live Your Goals Centre at Bowen Secondary said: “It was a fun experience for all to mingle with people who share the same love for football from different countries. I’m grateful to have been able to catch a glimpse of the bright future of women’s football as well. Thanks to all who made this opportunity happen!”