JAPANESE CLUB ALBIREX WANTS TO BECOME LOCAL TEAM, DOES COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Dear A.S.S. Editor

For students in Singapore, the one week September break is a time to recharge their batteries, and hatch down for a final push towards the final year exams. However, for two young teens, this week lomg break for them will be extra special, as they can live out their dreams for a week of being a young professional football player.

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The duo, 12 year old Danial Feroz and 13 year old Tan Yu Hen, will attend the Yuhua Albirex Football Academy (Yafa) training tour from Sept 2-10 to train at Albirex's parent club in Niigata, Japan. Their trip, worth $3,000, is sponsored by the Albirex Sports Development Fund, an initiative from the club to develop sports in Singapore. Both teens are secondary students, and they will spend the week in Niigata to experience the football training there and experience first hand the Japanese culture.

The trip for the two teenagers is just part of a myriad of outreach activities initiated by Albirex in Singapore since it first joined the S-League in 2004. The White Swans are into its fifth year of collaboration with Yuhua Community Sports Club (CSC) in which Albirex will donate $1 for every fan who attends their home matches during the 2017 season. The club, who currently plays in the S-League with their squad made up fully of Japanese players, but have plans to go local in the near future.

As part of their long term plans, they do most of their outreach with the community, as they believed that without the community, there is no support.

Paul Lim

A.S.S, Contributor

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