Thursday, January 17, 2013

Epson United Spirit Soccer Clinic II

I bet you don't know that I watch soccer, do you?
Sometimes I do, heh-heh.

I was influenced by a very good friend of mine, Jeremy Boi, during my teens.

This is a super over-due post but it's too meaningful to be given a pass.

On 13 December 2012 at the Epson United Spirit Soccer Clinic II (EUSSC II), 20 young recipients of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) from Beyond Social Services experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a short experience of what life would be like as Manchester United Under-19 Squad members.

Leveraging on Epson’s sponsorship of Manchester United Soccer Club, the EUSSCs are an ongoing series of soccer-related events where Epson collaborates with Manchester United for the benefit of underprivileged youth in Singapore and around the region.

Photo Credit: Epson Singapore

This latest EUSSC II is held in conjunction with the inaugural NEXLions Cup tournament where the club’s Under-19 team and its coaches are in Singapore to compete against the youth teams from Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon and the Singapore Youth Selection Squad, led by ex-national skipper, Aide Iskandar.

The NEXLions Cup Tournament is a joint initiative between the Football Association of Singapore and Kirkwall Sports, which is also the exclusive partner of Manchester United Soccer Schools in Southeast Asia.

At the EUSSC II, the 20 Beyond youth got to interact with Manchester United’s youth squad, watch them train for the NEXLions Cup tournament, and even received a professional skills coaching session from the team’s coaches. The session taught the boys a range of movements and techniques that are characteristic of Manchester United players. The session was designed to allow repetition of these fundamental actions in a fun and exciting way and to challenge and motivate players at all times.

I'm talking about 1 hour of personal coaching from Man Utd coaches and the youths got to play along with the Man Utd U19 team - even got to wear their jerseys!

Photo Credit: Epson Singapore

Photo Credit: Epson Singapore

Photo Credit: Epson Singapore

Photo Credit: Epson Singapore

As part of Manchester United’s holistic education philosophy, the Beyond youth were also given a talk by the club’s youth development and education officer who encouraged and advised them on pursuing a professional career in soccer while highlighting the importance and necessity of achieving an equally strong academic balance.

Play hard but don't forget to study & work hard too!

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