National Football Academy (NFA) Under-16 player, Adam Swandi, set off for Newcastle, North East England, on Friday night, for a 13-day training stint at the academy of Premier League side, Newcastle United.
Adam earned himself the training stint after having won the 2011 TNP-Dollah Kassim Award which also included the Singapore Pools Passport to Excellence that offered him the opportunity to train at a top European club. The award is also in partnership with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and Turkish Airlines.
The playmaker first came into prominence at the 23rd Canon Lion City Cup, showcasing his talents on the pitch as his team, NFA U-15’s, clinched the bronze medal. In this year’s edition of the Canon Lion City Cup, he guided his team to an improved finish, securing the silver medal.
He was also named the Most Valuable Player in the recently concluded FAS Centre of Excellence (COE) U-18 league, where the NFA U-16 team finished as Champions.
Touching on his trip, Adam said: “I am honoured with the award and I could not have done this without the support of my team and guidance from my coaches. I now look forward to my training stint at Newcastle.”
Adam follows the footsteps of 2010 winner, current NFA U-17 player, Ammirul Emmran and will spend almost two weeks at the Newcastle United football academy.
He is accompanied by NFA U-18 coach, Saswadimata Dasuki and Senior Manager, Commercial and Business Development, Rikram Jit Singh. They are due back in Singapore on the November 16.