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New Hopes for S’pore Footie

In Footie on 10/08/2018 at 11:27 am

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One Gavin Lee from Tampines Rovers played a big part in developing Ben Davis, the Fulham player that Mindef implicitly called a NS dodger even before his call-up date.

Ben Davis recently became the first Singaporean to sign a professional contract with an English Premier League club by signing for Fulham FC.

While much of the news has been about his application for deferment, it is worth remembering that this was a player who was largely developed in Singapore.

Ben Davis’ formative years in football were spent at the JSSL academy in Singapore and one of the coaches responsible for his development was current Tampines Rovers assistant coach, Gavin Lee.

Despite his young age, Gavin has years of experience and is also tBen Davis recently became the first Singaporean to sign a professional contract with an English Premier League club by signing for Fulham FC.

While much of the news has been about his application for deferment, it is worth remembering that this was a player who was largely developed in Singapore.

Ben Davis’ formative years in football were spent at the JSSL academy in Singapore and one of the coaches responsible for his development was current Tampines Rovers assistant coach, Gavin Lee.

Despite his young age, Gavin has years of experience and is also tpioneer of JSSL’s elite academy which identifies and develops JSSL’s best players separately.

Players from this academy have gone on to become youth internationals and some others have either received training invitations or have signed with clubs overseas.

Gavin carefully designs the curriculum for the various teams in JSSL’s elite academy based on the players’ differing stages of development and maturity ensuring that they get optimal training to bring the best out of them.

In addition to thrice-weekly training sessions, Gavin tailor makes weekly handouts filled with tactical and technical information for the different age groups and supplements these handouts with video examples to help the players understand the various skills and tactics involved in the game.

By adapting his programmes to the players’ needs and understanding at various ages, Gavin ensures that he gets the best out of players.

His track record at youth level thus shows that with the right development plans in place, we can produce more players like Ben Davis.

This again is another example that the FAS can learn from in terms of devising and tailoring programmes to bring out the best in our youth footballers.

https://www.todayonline.com/commentary/lessons-youth-development-singapore-football

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Sudhershen Hariram is a lawyer with Tan Rajah & Cheah and played for Tanjong Pagar United FC in the S League from 2011 to 2012.

Nice to know S League player has the brains to be a lawyer.

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  1. If FAS don’t change or has the will to implement it, these are all talk and we still continue to see talented players leaving the sports.

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