Lion City Sailors Football Club (LCSFC) has announced the latest step in its commitment to enhancing Singapore’s football ecosystem, with the launch of a S$1 million scholarship programme - Elite Development Programme (EDP), designed to nurture the careers of the country’s most talented young footballers in a media statement issued by the only privately-owned club of the Singapore Premier League (SGPL).
|Grooming the next generation of footballers is one of the aims of EDP|
KEY FEATURES OF EDP
● The S$1 million four-year EDP is the centrepiece of the LCS Football Academy, the club’s new hub for youth football development, and aims to give Singapore’s top young talent a pathway to fulfil their potential.
● LCS Football Academy will be helmed by Academy Technical Director Luka Lalic, who joins from renowned Dutch football club Feyenoord Rotterdam.
● Formerly known as the LFA Protectors, the revamped LCS Football Academy will provide a holistic programme worked around the Singapore schools’ curriculum, to develop talented players, coaches, and the broader football ecosystem.
● The LCS Football Academy envisions creating a pipeline of quality footballers for the Singapore ecosystem, and launching professional careers of its top scholars in Asia and beyond.
EMULATE EUROPEAN MODEL
The EDP is a key facet of the club’s vision to become an elite football development hub for Singapore, and will kick start with a 25-strong intake of 12-year-old aspirants who were born in 2008.
Complemented by specialist teams including nutritionists, sports psychologists, video analysts and sports doctors, the programme is modelled after the academies of leading professional European football clubs.
It is aimed at creating an environment to instil on-field and off-field attributes that will provide a sturdy platform from which to launch professional careers beyond Singapore and into major leagues in Asia and Europe.
General Manager Tan Li Yu outlines the visions of LCS Football Academy
BUILT AROUND THE SINGAPORE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The EDP is built around the Singapore school curriculum to ensure that scholars continue to excel in academics while also receiving the best football education. This will feature weekly local matches, quarterly overseas training camps, an annual major overseas tournament, as well as training stints with top foreign clubs.
The programme will also include a Professional Adaptation Programme to ease scholars back into the competitive professional football environment after completion of National Service, with a view to signing with an overseas club.
The scholarship covers all costs incurred during the course of training, insurance and apparel, with overseas camps and tournaments subsidised at 50 percent. On top of this, selected scholars will receive an additional cash allowance. These amount to S$250,000 invested in the programme per annum, totalling S$1 million over four years.
COMMITMENT TO SINGAPORE FOOTBALL
“Our vision is not just to make the Sailors one of the best football clubs in the region, but for the club to bring Singapore football as a whole to the next level.” said LCSFC Chairman, Forrest Li in the above-mentioned media statement.
“The LCS Football Academy underlines our commitment to Singapore football. Firstly, through the Elite Development Programme that will support the growth of the most promising players who have the talent not just to represent our club, but also our Lions. Secondly, our goal is to develop the greater ecosystem of Singapore football, from players to coaches through to specialist areas like nutrition and psychology,” added Li who also serves as a member of the current Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Council.
Interested applicants can visit the academy’s website for more details on the scholarship and submit their applications. Due to restrictions in place to battle the coronavirus outbreak, open selections for the scholarship will be announced at a later date.