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Football programme kick off for less-privileged youths

A programme that helps get less-privileged youths off the streets and playing football instead has been officially launched on Saturday at the ITE College Central in Singapore.

SINGAPORE: A programme that helps get less-privileged youths off the streets and playing football instead has been officially launched on Saturday at the ITE College Central in Singapore.

Saturday Night Lights (SNL) Central helps teenagers aged 12 to 20 develop character and positive values through the popular sport.

The programme is a tie-up between the philanthropic arms of the Singapore Sports Council and Changi Airport Group.

It is the first time a corporate partner is sponsoring the programme, which is the second of its kind. The first was launched at the old Jurong Stadium in Taman Jurong early last year.

The programme will see youths from the Kembangan-Chai Chee grassroots constituency coached in football and life skills every Saturday.

Football coaches are either certified by the Football Association of Singapore or the local chapter of the Realmadrid Foundation Technical Academy.

Workshops on topics like first-aid, nutrition and job interview skills are also thrown in.

Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin, who was  the event, handed out awards to 10 players who have participated in the programme for the last four months.

They were recognised for their positive attitude as well as the strides made in developing their character.

Mr Tan said: "It's not just about football. It's about using it as a platform to instill values like discipline, teamwork, learning in terms of dedication, being prompt, being punctual. These are all life skills which I think will last you all a lifetime." 

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