SINGAPORE: Football is more than just a popular co-curricular activity at Serangoon Secondary. The school sees it as a means of bonding and bringing out the best in its students.
Channel NewsAsia gets in on the action as part of its ongoing series on schools in the lead-up to the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
The students from Serangoon Secondary are definitely passionate about football.
Their school even has four teams they can join – a lower secondary recreational club, B and C Division teams, and the Manchester United Club – for diehard fans of the English Premier League team.
Some members also play for various Under-16 S.League teams – and hope to make it to the Singapore team for the Youth Olympic Games.
Raimly Kassim, Secondary 4 student, B Division Football Team, Serangoon Secondary School, said: “Young Lions, because I’m also one of the young lions.”
Johnson Chia, Secondary 3 student, B Division Football Team, Serangoon Secondary School, said: “I’m now playing for the Young Lions Under-15. I hope that as an adult, I can play for them in the S.League.”
Mohammad Nurul, Secondary 4 student, B Division Football Team, Serangoon Secondary School, said: “I’m from the Tampines Rovers Under-16 team, so I am supporting my team.”
Mohammad Nasirul, Secondary 4 student, B Division Football Team, Serangoon Secondary School, said: “Home United – because my ambition is to go for the Home United S.League.”
Ambitions aside, others feel that having a multi-racial team makes the experience more worthwhile.
Mohammad Naim, Secondary 5 student, B Division Football Team Captain, Serangoon Secondary School, said: “You can communicate with others well instead of communicating with only the Malay guys.”
Serangoon Secondary has won numerous tournaments like the National Street Soccer League and Inter-school championship. It also holds matches at the end of each term for students to participate in and enjoy the sport.
Low Sing Ngan, teacher-in-charge of Football, Serangoon Secondary School, said: “The first reason is that the kids love to play in competitions. Secondly, it helps to promote social bonding among the children of various races. And thirdly, it helps to generate even more interest in soccer among the students.”
Serangoon Secondary is currently undergoing intense soccer training to prepare the boys for an upcoming inter-school tournament in December. – CNA/de
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