Selected Young Footballers From S’pore To Be Trained In Japan

President Zainudin Nordin shakes hands with Epson Singapore MD Koichi Endo during sponsorship signing ceremony 2013. (Source: FAS)

Our Lions’ goalkeeper, Izwan Mahbud, has made his name during the “miraculous” 0-0 draw game with Japan’s Blue Samurai. Now, there is a chance for inspiring young footballers from Singapore to be trained in Japan. Epson Singapore today announced a collaboration with the Football Association of Singapore to conduct an overseas training attachment for Singapore’s Under-14 players to the prestigious Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club, a professional club in Japan’s top tier J1 League. As part of the programme, three selected young footballers will have the rare opportunity to join the club’s youth training programme and participate in related activities from 22 to 28 June 2015. The training attachment is part of Epson Singapore’s three-year sponsorship, since August 2013, worth $1 million with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), and is in line with the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts for youth development.

Handpicked by the National Football Academy, Muhammad Nur Adam Bin Abdullah, Mohamad Hamizan bin Mohamad Hisham, and Elijah Lim will experience the daily lives of, and learn from, footballers associated with one of Japan’s leading clubs. The young players were shortlisted from 23 U-14 players by Senior Coach Robbie Servais, based on his assessment of their technical skills, attitude and discipline.

They will kick-start the trip with a welcome and press conference at the club’s renowned Alwin stadium, close to where many Epson’s facilities are based, before heading to the training ground. The youths will get to stay in the club’s hostelinteract with Japanese players, and experience a J-league match.

The holistic training attachment will also include a chance to experience the historic sites and explore the spectacular natural beauty of the region andvisit Epson’s Monozukuri Museum, which offers a glimpse of Epson’s manufacturing history with exhibits ranging from the world’s first analog quartz watch to the latest innovative sporting and fitness products.

This collaboration is a result of long discussions between Epson, the Football Association of Singapore and Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club. Supported by many Epson employees in Japan, Epson has been the Club’s sponsor since 2005 and the shirt sponsor since 2006. Now in its first year in J1 and its fourth in the J-League overall, this is the first time that the Club has conducted an overseas training attachment as it opens links to Asia.

Said Ms Tan May Lin, General Manager, Epson Singapore (Sales Division), “Epson is happy to play its part in providing the best resources possible to groom Singapore’s future football stars. Through watching and training with one of Asia’s best professional teams, we hope that our youths will be motivated to pick up tactical tips and aspire towards being the best in the field. Beyo nd skills, we hope they will also bring home the essence of being a good sportsman, as they see values such as respect, discipline and the importance of teamwork come to life through the players.”


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