Home United announced plans to set up an academy after the Bishan club won the bid to secure a 2.5ha plot of land at Mattar Road.
The S-League club beat five other parties and will pay the
Singapore Land Authority (SLA) a whopping monthly rent of S$31,900.
Their offer was the second-highest submitted to the authorities and almost twice the guiding bid price.
According to the SLA document, the site’s tenure is for “3 years + 3 +
2 or less”. It is next to MacPherson Primary School and adjacent to the
Downtown Line’s Mattar MRT Station.
This makes the 1999 and 2003 league champions, who are currently
fourth in the S-League, the first local professional club to have a
property they can develop freely for their own use.
In a statement released, Home United said the club will develop
the site for “its own centralised professional training facility for its
S-League, Prime League and Centre of Excellence age-group teams”.
The rented property will not be entirely closed to the public as the
club plan to generate income from the futsal pitches they will be
But the youth football academy — which will be called the HUFC Youth
Football Academy (HYFA) — is expected to be the key attraction and HUFC
hope it will help nurture budding young talents for a career in
professional football, and to guide “youths to be upright, law-abiding
and responsible persons”.
The club added that the academy will have an accredited and certified football programme.
“HYFA will design and implement a syllabus where students are
professionally coached and follow a structured, coordinated and
progressive philosophy, and where academic pursuits will always be of
paramount importance,” said the statement.
“It will also be a platform to encourage youths, especially
youths-in-need, back to the classroom in order to excel in a sport that
is most widely played in Singapore.”
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