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(This entry is formulated based on the media release issued by Lion City Sailors (LCS) Football Club, all media materials used in this post belong to LCS)

Putting words into action was what Lion City Sailors (LCS) did earlier in the day when Singapore's only privatized football club hosted the groundbreaking ceremony of its $10 million state-of-the-art training facility at Mattar Road.

The event was graced by the presence of Ms. Tin Pei Ling, Member of Parliament for MacPherson Single Member Constituency who was the Guest of Honour at the ceremony.

The entrance to the LCS Integrated Facility 

The conceiving of this state-of-the-art training facility was first reported in the media back last September and not long after which their current facilities at the same location were accoladed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as a "One-Star academy".

It is understood that the present facilities on the mentioned site will make way for the construction of the new facility which is projected to be completed in April 2022, according to the media statement issued by LCS.

The current Mattar Road facility has enough space for only 10 staff, while the new venue will be able to comfortably accommodate up to 60.

This will aid the acceleration of the Sailors’ professionalization drive as it grows its team to include specialized staff that includes sports scientists and kinesiologists.

The aerial view of the LCS Integrated Facility

These hires will, in turn, drive the technical education of local coaches while also taking Academy scholars’ training to the next level.

“This facility is aimed at driving not just LCS efforts in youth development and on-field success, but also to help lift the football community in our country. We’re determined to make sure this project not only gets off the ground but can fly.” said Mr. Chew Chun-Liang, CEO of Lion City Sailors.

Excited at the prospect of the club sinking its roots and embracing the community around its new home, Ms. Tin said she is looking forward to the Sailors and LCS Football Academy working closely with local residents and community partners to cultivate aspiring MacPherson youths and local sports talents.

“I am heartened by the Sailors’ commitment in providing access to the facility and organising activities for our MacPherson community." added Ms. Tin in the same media release.

Once completed, the following features will be seen in the new facility:
  • 5 football pitches (two 11-a-side & three 7-a-side)
  • 5 Academy changing rooms
  • 3 Study rooms
  • 2 Meeting rooms
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Sports science & medical room
  • Briefing room
  • Office space for up to 60 staff
  • Café
  • Rooftop public access spaces
Pitches that will be installed at the facility are FIFA-certified and will aid in preventing injury in both young footballers and elite players as they are put through their paces by staff who will also witness significant improvements.

Located in the heart of MacPherson, the LCS training center is well connected to public transport facilities and is just a three-minute walk from the Mattar MRT station.

The training center is a key facet of the Sailors’ drive for excellence in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) and the region. It will also facilitate the establishment of a pipeline of young footballers for the Singapore football fraternity as it aims to boost youth development as part of the national project: “Unleash the Roar!”

“Through the Unleash the Roar! project, we look forward to partnering with more like-minded private clubs and academies to uplift Singapore football. I wish LCS great success.” Mr. Lim Teck Yin, CEO Sport Singapore, was present to witness the groundbreaking ceremony.

The event also saw the presence of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) President Mr. Lim Kia Tong.

Said Mr. Lim: “The FAS congratulates LCS on the start of this exciting project and marking a memorable chapter in the club’s history.

"We are proud to have the LCS Football Academy as Singapore’s first AFC One-star academy, and we are looking forward to the club setting high local and international standards with this facility." he added.


  1. I am sure plenty of communication had been done with various parties before groundbreaking ceremony.

    Having such project to be given the go-ahead in the land scarce Singapore is something unusual and for the only privatised club in Singapore football, it is a determination they want to prove to critics things are possible to get it done.


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