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Inspirational Scholes reaffirm Courts' commitment to local football

Scholes (center, facing the camera)
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes wooed the crowds this morning at Courts Megastore in Tampines where he made his appearance at the invitation by the leading IT and furniture retailer.

As part of their 40th anniversary celebration, Courts decided that the presence of the former England midfielder dovetailed the occasion with Scholes, himself, will be celebrating his 40th birthday this coming November.

A day before this morning, the ex-England international was at the Jalan Besar Stadium where a special coaching session was held between him and the players from Courts Young Lions, the S.League team that is being sponsored by Courts.

For having played his entire career for the Red Devils, it was no surprise to have the most questions on them fielded by the media in a roundtable session.

Scholes snapping some shots
Sharing his thoughts on the result of the Champions League draw last night, where the beleaguered powerhouses are slated to face Bayern Munich, the "Ginger Prince" felt that despite the difficult times, the team are still capable of doing well.

Said Scholes:"I think we are still capable to beat Bayern Munich (in the Champions League), as we are having quality players in the team."

The soft-spoken legend revealed that he will be starting his coaching courses in coming June and is hoping for "something to come along the way", while spending quality time with his family since hanging up his boots last May.

"Media Roundtable" at the Courts Megastore
In the meantime, drawing his experience of starting out from the junior ranks of the Red Devils, Scholes appreciated the journey for playing alongside with some of the best in the business.

"It was an incredible experience for playing with some of these established players who were always there to give advice when needed,"

In having said that, the retired midfielder believes the importance of youth development in football.

Scholes shares his thoughts on various topic
Youth (development) is a must, as they are the future of the game and from what I saw yesterday, the players are willing to learn and desperate to be at the top, that should be the way to be and there's no guarantee to success."

Inspiring a younger generation of footballers with players like Scholes to share their vast experience is the reason why Courts have been actively inviting others like Robbie Fowler, Dietmar Hamann in the past.

Group CEO of Courts Asia - Mr Terry O'Connor
Reaffirmed that commitment at the roundtable session is Group CEO of Courts Asia, Mr Terry O'Connor.

"It's always interesting to bring top iconic players to be role models for the young players to inspire from," opined the 46-year-old Englishman.

"Being part of our community engagement, what we hope to achieve is to give a different platform in our ongoing engagement with the FAS and the S.League, it's something not on short-term basis but it's going in the right direction."