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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

[Feature] Underprivileged Children Get Free Coaching Clinics from H-TWO-O Ultimate Dream Team

(The entry is formulated from the transcript of the media release obtained via YEO'S, the makers of H-TWO-O)

(P.S: The copyrights of the images depicted in this blog entry belong to YEO'S, unless stated on the images itself.)

The programme was launched today at ITE College Central
Ever since the launch of the H-TWO-O Ultimate Dream Team project in 2011, under the tutelage of Singapore’s very own football son, Fandi Ahmad, the aim of the program has been serving as a platform to unearth and nurturing of football talents in order to allow them a chance to turn professional footballer one day.

Since then, the program saw a number of its alumni turning out for various S.League clubs' senior or its Prime League sides in ensuring new prospects to be churned out in years to come.

With the project into its third edition this year, the organizers decided to add a twist into its existing programs by educating the players the importance of giving back to the community through a series of football clinics for the underprivileged children who are keen to take up this sport.

Fandi (wearing white cap) introduces the new outreach program
Under this new initiative - “H-TWO-O Ultimate Dream Team Community Outreach Programme 2013”, that was launched today at the ITE College Central's Ang Mo Kio campus, will see some 120 financially disadvantaged children between 7 to 12 years of age receiving formal football training from the players and the team of coaches led by Fandi.

Every quarter, 30 children from Beyond Social Services will be selected based on discipline, conduct, and academic merits amongst other stringent criteria to partake in the program (every Sunday) for a period of three months.

Children with exceptional talent and nifty footwork will be singled out by Fandi to either join the H-TWO-O Ultimate Dream Team, or be fully-sponsored to train in the Fandi Ahmad Academy (FAA) if their ages do not qualify them for the Dream Team, according to the media release that detailed the programs.

Ms Ngiam (middle) addressing the audience at the launch
Said Ms May Ngiam, Vice-President of YEO'S Marketing (manufacturers of the H-TWO-O isotonic drinks), on the new initiative:”We want the underprivileged children to be awarded with the same opportunity to be a part of this journey to have an avenue to maximize their potential, and at the same time be inspired by the H-TWO-O Ultimate Dream Team boys’ unrelenting passion for football.”

“We hope this program will not only benefit the youth to develop the valuable football skills, but also learn the invaluable character building and sportsmanship lessons needed to be successful off the field and hope this free coaching clinic will provide a network of positive role models and mentors for athletes to develop their passion for football.” she added.

Dr Ang addressing the audience at the launch
Concurring her thoughts in the same release, Dr Ang Kiam Wee, Principal of ITE College Central, feels that the Dream Team’s mark of distinction stems from the boys’ inherent altruism: “The H-TWO-O Ultimate Dream Team initiative has been a great success as most of our players have achieved their dreams of playing at club level (in S.League).

“The bigger success of this scheme is seeing them returning as volunteers to give back to the community by sharing their game skills and knowledge.” said Dr Ang.

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