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[Feature] - Young Footballers Unleash The Roar at SFA Fiesta at National Stadium

(The content and images depicted in this entry were made available by the media release issued by the organizers)

The SFA Fiesta at National Stadium (picture as credited)
The SFA Fiesta at National Stadium (picture as credited)

Football made its way back to the National Stadium this morning (28/1) after a hiatus when about 200 student-athletes from the School Football Academy (SFA) programme under the Unleash The Roar! national football project, which is run in 12 schools, experienced the thrill of playing on the pitch of the cornerstone of the Singapore Sports Hub in the SFA Fiesta.

The abovementioned tournament is an inter-SFA 8v8 tournament which also saw participation from girl footballers from Methodist Girls’ School and Woodlands Secondary School who are new additions to the SFA programme in 2023.

"GOOD EXPOSURE" 

"It’s good exposure for us because it’s our first time playing at the National Stadium and it’s been a great experience; we had a lot of fun." said Khairufatin Binte Suyasri in the press statement issued by the organisers.

The 16-year-old student from Woodlands Secondary School also stressed the importance of putting in the best efforts in every game they are playing no matter what is the outcome of it.

Girls in SFA Fiesta action (picture as credited)

"This was our first match of the year. With the Secondary Two players from last year moving up to play in the B Division this year, the chance to play together and gel as a team really helps." she added.

Off the pitch, guests at the SFA Fiesta enjoyed a wide variety of activities and food and beverage options. These included an exclusive tour of the dressing rooms at the National Stadium and a sports science booth with agility tests for all to try.

Boys in SFA Fiesta action (picture as credited)

The SFAs were officially launched in 2022, and serve as a key pipeline to produce technically sound footballers. Among the key features of the programme are increased training frequencies, the incorporation of sports science with training, and opportunities to train and compete overseas.

The list of schools under SFA programme
The list of schools under SFA programme

**Note: Methodist Girls’ School (MGS) will partner Boon Lay and Westwood Secondary where girls from all three schools will participate in the SFA programme. Boon Lay Secondary will provide training venue for this combined schools SFA. (information from the issued press statement)

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