New National Training Centre for Singapore

At the FAS AGM, plans for a new National Training Centre and a new artificial turf for Jalan Besar Stadium were revealed
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) have announced plans for a new National Training Centre.

The announcement was made at the FAS Annual General Meeting (AGM) by FAS President Zainudin Nordin.

Zainudin also revealed that Jalan Besar Stadium will receive a new artificial turf with the Geylang Training Field also set for refurbishment. The Geylang Training Field has been used by the Singapore National team for training on natural grass while Jalan Besar Stadium has served as the venue for all major football matches in Singapore since construction got underway for the new Sports Hub.

Zainudin further elaborated at a press conference following the AGM that discussions on the Training Centre and refurbishment were already underway with 'relevant partners'.

The installation of the artificial turf is being funded directly by FIFA as part of the Goal project.

Goal Singapore had reported in early September that Singapore had been included in FIFA's Goal Programme that provides funding for football development projects.

These projects in the past had included building of training academies and installation of new playing fields. Indonesia had been the most recent recipient with a new artificial turf planned for opening in Jakarta.

"The Project is set to fulfill our key objectives of increasing football participation, enhancing the competitiveness of our teams, and attracting world-class teams to consider Singapore as part of their training tours," said Zainudin in his opening speech at the AGM.

He also added that the National Training Centre and refurbishment of the Geylang Field will be in conjuction with Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and is intended to help develop footballers in Singapore and 'position Singapore as an international training hub for world-renowned teams'.