Coaching ● Apr 20, 2021
FAS conducts Grassroots Coaching Course for Singapore Sports School footballers
SINGAPORE, 21 APRIL 2021 – The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) successfully concluded the delivery of the FAS Grassroots Coaching Course (Level 1) for 15 student-athletes from the Singapore Sports School (SSP) last week.
Held for the first time, the collaboration between FAS and SSP saw FAS Grassroots Coach Developer Loh Ngiap Tai conduct the course over five days at SSP grounds, with the help of fellow Coach Developers Isa Halim and Sharin Shari, both of whom are also SSP coaches.
The initiative was conceptualised after feedback from the students, as part of efforts to prepare and equip the more senior SSP students with relevant skillsets for a future in coaching post-playing career, according to Gregory Tan, Senior General Manager of SSP.
“This was to plant the seed in those who may be interested in coaching,” he told FAS.org.sg. “Both theory and practical components were conducted and it went well. As this was conducted under one roof, all logistics and facilities were well taken care of. The FAS has been very supportive of this initiative. We would like to thank them for providing the instructor and certification for the course.”
The delivery took place between 5 April and 13 April, and the schedule – normally delivered within a single weekend – was tailored to suit the students’ timetable. This was appreciated by participant Harhys Stewart, who told FAS.org.sg: “I thought it was a lot better that it was spread over the five days and a few hours each as that made the content easier to digest for us and we were able to better balance it with school and training.”
The 20-year-old, who plays for the Young Lions in the Singapore Premier League, added: “I felt the course was very helpful as it taught us most of the basics of how to coach younger kids and it also served as an introduction to coaching. I think coaching is a big pathway for many footballers and it’s good to expand on what we have learned as footballers.”
Fellow participant Andrew Aw, 18, who plays for Tampines Rovers, concurred: “The course has been an eye-opener and interesting for me. As a player, we seldom think about what the coaches have to go through when they plan a training session. So it was nice to learn and see the insights of coaching even at the grassroots level. I am extremely grateful to SSP and the FAS for organising this course for us. I have learned many concepts and philosophies about coaching but the main takeaway for me would be that the attitude and understanding of a coach is of utmost importance for one to succeed.”
Both students expressed interest in exploring further options in coaching after their football careers and that was in line with the aims of this initiative, according to FAS Head of Coach Education and Development (CED), Mohamed Zainudeen Hassan. “Through this initiative, we hope to kick-start the coaching journey for this young batch of players and help to give them a headstart when they are still in the early stages of their careers. We hope that they can go on to play a role in terms of grassroots coaching in future and even beyond that.”
With the conclusion of this initial collaboration, both FAS and SSP will look to explore more ways to work together on similar initiatives in future.
Full list of participants: Andrew Aw, Danial Iliya, Dylan Christopher Goh, Iman Hakim, Aqil Dany, Ryaan Sanizal, Adam Reefdy, Ian Faris Shahrin, Fathullah Rahmat, Glenn Ong, Nur Adam Abdullah, Mohd Sham, Oliver Sim, Harhys Stewart, Christian Chiang,