Football Association of Singapore (FAS)’s Cubs Programme will be merging with the junior programme (for children aged 6-12 years old) of Sport Singapore’s ActiveSG Football Academy.
In the announcement made at the Jurong East stadium on Sunday morning, the name of the newly-formed National Grassroots Football programme was revealed to be the “Active Cubs Programme”.
The formation of the Active Cubs Programme is the latest step taken to streamline the existing grassroots football programmes in Singapore since the launch of the ActiveSG Football Academy in April last year.
As part of the partnership, the ActiveSG Football Academy will manage and run all Active Cubs programmes around the island.
FAS, on the other hand, will lend knowledge and expertise on youth football development to sharpen the quality of the existing academy programme while assisting the ActiveSG Football Academy to identify talented participants and provide a pathway for them to transition over to its elite programmes.
Aleksandar Duric, principal of the ActiveSG Football Academy and former Singapore international said: “ActiveSG Football Academy’s first year has been a very successful one. So far, we have more than 600 participants across eight centres in Singapore.”
“However, this is just the start and we have to keep improving if we are to produce the young and talented players needed for Singapore football to thrive in the future,” the ex-Singapore international added.
“We look forward to teaming up with FAS Technical Director Michel Sablon to enhance the current programme.”
Singapore's football fraternity come together to witness the partnership launch between Sport Singapore and FAS
In the meantime, the programme is keen on improving one key aspect; the number of grassroots coaches.
“It is crucial that coaches are not overwhelmed with too many participants so each child is able to receive the required amount of attention.
“Our Active Cubs programme will follow a strict maximum 1:12 coach to student ratio and we want all grassroots programmes to follow suit,” Sablon said.
As part of the new deal, the training courses provided by FAS for coaches will also be open to all coaches from the private academies in Singapore.
Sablon added: “We have been organising many grassroots coaching courses over the past two years, and I am happy to see the positive response so far.”
“I encourage all coaches, including those from the private academies, to join our training courses to improve and provide quality coaching in accordance with the playing style and philosophy that FAS hopes to develop in all our local youth players to move Singapore football forward.”
While the ActiveSG Football Academy concentrates on running the Active Cubs programme, FAS will focus on increasing the number of FAS-certified grassroots coaches in Singapore.
FAS will also be tasked to regulate the quality of coaching in the country by conducting various training programmes and certification courses to upgrade existing grassroots coaches and to nurture new ones.