Geylang International spread wings to Meridian Primary School
By Eagles Admin on 30 October 2013
Written by Md Khalis (VoxSports)
Although the S.League season is coming to an end, Geylang International is actively continue to spread its wing to the community in the Eastern part of Singapore with their latest initiative, a football outreach programme at the Meridian Primary School.
Lead by the club’s Prime League coach Noor Ali and assisted by Mohd Fairuz (U18 coach), Meor Rafiq (U16 coach) and Syed Azmir (U14 coach), they not only impart their footballing skills, but also valuable life skills such as team bonding and leadership through the mini-games throughout the four days session.
It was not a coincidence that all participants came from the primary six cohort as the school had wanted the students to be engage with sports before they make the step up to their next level of education.
“We feel that it is necessary for the children to at least acquire a sporting skill before they go to secondary school. With the expertise from Geylang International coaches and trainers, we felt that they will be able to offer them more in terms of footballing techniques.” said Mrs Stpehanie Lim, teacher in charge of the Co-Curriculum Activity.
“This is the first time we work with Meridian Primary School and it is a good outreach programme with the students. It was surprising that more than a hundred students signed up for this. We hope to continue offering our services to Meridian and maybe other schools around this area too.” added former Singapore international Noor Ali.
The second and third day saw the S.League players making an appearance at the session, much to the delight of the students who took the opportunity to engage in a sharing session and also snapped memorable photos with their idol.
Apart from having fun and kicking the ball around in the field, the activity also represents an opportunity for the club to unearth talent and bring them in into their ranks and provide proper and professional training, to further develop them into possibly becoming a professional footballer one day.
“This outreach also enables us to spot new talents and for example we saw three or four good players that we might draft into our youth squads. We are also impressed with the girls here at Meridian. Who know if Geylang want to start a young girls’ team next season, it will be useful with this type of partnership.” explained Noor Ali
At the end of the four days session, student were invited to the Bedok stadium to witness the Eagles in action against Courts Young Lions, in which they secured a 1-0 victory over their opponents.