Football

Football

Apart from learning the techniques and tactics of 11-a-side, 7-a-side and 5-a-side football, athletes also learn to perfect their football skills to a higher level. Athletes engage in regular friendly matches with other mainstream schools and teams.

Training Schedule

Day : Saturdays
Time : 9:00am - 11:00am
Venue : Bendemeer Secondary School
Participants : 8 years old & above



News and Stories about Football

27 July 2019

Asian Football Week - Fiesta and Divisioning Matches

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If one were to list a range of topics which would connect him to a stranger, it would likely revolve around commonalities such as food, love, the weather… maybe even Football. The power of the game lies in its ability to build solidarity and formulate a collective identity, joining everyone under its umbrella regardless of any differences.

The inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific (SOAP) Asian Football Week sought to leverage on this love for Football, transcending differences between individuals in aspects like nationality, ethnicity, and intellectual abilities.

Riding on the ongoing Football Fever after the International Champions Cup matches held the preceding Saturday, a Football Carnival with Chelsea Football Club and Divisioning matches were held at United World College (Tampines) on the 27th of July 2019. Involving volunteers from FWD Singapore, the Divisioning matches were a lead up to the upcoming Play Inclusive competition in August. Athletes and their Unified Partners competed alongside each other, bearing a testimony that sports (and Football) has the potentiality to transcend dissimilarities between individuals with and without disabilities.


Concurrently, the Football Carnival run by Chelsea Football Club had athletes running around completing stations such as dribbling and shooting. Shouts of encouragement could be heard across the field, reflecting the heartening and uplifting environment that existed despite the scorching weather and sun. The Carnival even featured a special performance by the international Freestyle Football Crew EXPY, who performed some tricks and stunts to the excitement of the athletes and volunteers.

Other notable events that occurred during the Asian Football Week included the second phase of the Asian Football Confederation C-License course, an internationally recognized coaching credential and a significant milestone in the developmental journey of any soccer coach. Our Special Olympics Singapore staff, Lim Seng Poh, was a recipient of this coaching credential. This certification would greatly enable him (and all the other participants receiving the award) in ensuring that athletes with intellectual disabilities receive the quality training that they deserve.

Every step towards dispelling stereotypes and unfavourable perspectives regarding individuals with intellectual disabilities in our community matters. The SOAP Asian Football Week culminated with a strong reminder of hope that the banner of Football and sport is indeed capable of uniting and changing the lives of players from all walks of life.  On and off the field, intellectual disabilities no longer differentiate and segregate individuals.

Here, Football connects. Football includes. Football equalises.
 

Article written by: Victoria Chow
If one were to list a range of topics which would connect him to a stranger, it would likely revolve around commonalities such as food, love, the weather… maybe even Football. The power of the game lies in its ability to build solidarity and ...
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20 July 2019

Champions Meet Here - Football Clinics with the Legends

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Special Olympics Singapore kicked off the Asian Football Week (20th to 27th July) with a Football Clinic for athletes with intellectual disabilities and their unified partners (athletes without intellectual disabilities) at Bendemeer Secondary School.

As part of the Legacy Project, an initiative by the International Champions Cup (ICC) to support underserved communities in the cities where a match is held and to leave behind a legacy, our athletes had the opportunity to train alongside a star cast of Football Legends such as Bryan Robson and Denis Irwin from Manchester United; Julio Cesar from Inter Milan; Ledley King from Tottenham Hotspur; and David Trezeguet from Juventus. The project was done in conjunction with the ICC matches that were held from the 20th to 21st of July at the Sports Hub Singapore, as well as in celebration of Special Olympics’ Global Day of Inclusion.

Former Inter Milan Goalkeeper Julio Cesar saw a nervous athlete struggling to wear his Goalkeeper gloves and immediately took the time to help him. “Don’t be nervous,” assured Cesar, before proceeding to impart some Goalkeeping tips and tricks with the athlete. It was truly heartening to see athletes and the club legends coming together and completing drills alongside each other regardless of age, nationalities or intellectual differences. As mentioned by the Goalkeeper (who is considered to be one of Brazil’s greatest), “It was a beautiful opportunity for us former Footballers to participate in the Legacy Project because Football grows you as a person. Inter gave me the opportunity to come here today to meet these athletes and I’m very happy.”

Gaining a chance to watch the Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus match on the 21st of July and even attaining autographed memorabilia, athletes left with fond recollections and reminders of their weekend. The power of sports, particularly Football, lies in its ability to unite people from all walks of life. This is exactly what makes it great in grooming our athletes to be the champions of tomorrow. Like what the ICC slogan endeavoured to achieve, champions truly did meet here after all.
   

Article written by: Victoria Chow  
Special Olympics Singapore kicked off the Asian Football Week (20th to 27th July) with a Football Clinic for athletes with intellectual disabilities and their unified partners (athletes without intellectual disabilities) at Bendemeer Secondary ...
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