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WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Sports happenings in Singapore (4-10 Dec)

Badminton duo win title in India, FAS invites proposals for 10th SPL club, youth footballers in LALIGA training programme

Singapore shuttlers Terry Hee (right) and Jessica Tan with their winners' cheque after clinching the Guwanhati Masters mixed doubles title. (PHOTO: Singapore Badminton Association)
Singapore shuttlers Terry Hee (right) and Jessica Tan with their winners' cheque after clinching the Guwanhati Masters mixed doubles title. (PHOTO: Singapore Badminton Association)

SINGAPORE — Here is a round-up of sports events and developments in Singapore in the past week (4 to 10 December):

Badminton mixed doubles pair triumph at Guwahati Masters

Singapore badminton's mixed doubles pair Terry Hee and Jessica Tan clinched their first title since winning the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Birmingham last year, winning at the inaugural Guwahati Masters in India on Sunday (10 December).

The husband-and-wife duo defeated Denmark's Mads Vestergaard and Christine Busch 21-19, 21-11 in 42 minutes to land the BWF Tour Super 100 title at the Sarju Sarai Indoor Sports Complex in Guwahati, Assam.

The title win marked a returned to form for Hee and Tan, who had struggled for positive results since winning the Commonwealth Games gold. The pair, ranked 26th in the world, had seen results improve in recent months, as they came in second behind Vestergaard and Busch at the Abu Dhabi Masters in October, and then won the Irish Open last month.

FAS invites proposals for 10th Singapore Premier League club

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is inviting interested parties to submit proposals to participate as the 10th club in the Singapore Premier League (SPL).

It has launched a Request For Proposals (RFP) on Wednesday (6 December) for parties to submit a comprehensive proposal that is aligned with the Asian Football Confederation club licensing regulations while also complying with the SPL Regulations.

According to the RFP, the new club must provide a comprehensive budget and financial plan for its operations for the first three seasons, and will not be entitled to any subvention such as Tote Board subsidies.

Those who wish to be considered for SPL participation must submit their expression of interest to tenders@fas.org.sg by 6pm on 20 December. They will then have four weeks to submit a detailed proposal for consideration. FAS will also engage all parties who have submitted expressions of interest in order to ascertain that their subsequent proposals are in accordance with the mandatory requirements.

Singapore youth footballers at the LALIGA Training Stages training camp in Madrid. (PHOTO: Ng Chorng Meng/Unleash the Roar!)
Singapore youth footballers at the LALIGA Training Stages training camp in Madrid. (PHOTO: Ng Chorng Meng/Unleash the Roar!)

Youth footballers take part in LALIGA Training Stages

More than 150 young footballers from countries such as Singapore, Britain, Guatemala, the United States and Canada attended the LALIGA Training Stages programme at the ESC LALIGA and NBA Centre in Madrid in November.

The training stint is part of LALIGA's partnership with the Singapore government, Sport Singapore and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), and is one of the cornerstones of the city-state's "Unleash the Roar!" initiative. This is the second long-term training camp at the ESC Centre under the agreement, following the success of the first camp in November 2022.

LALIGA also has talent projects with the US and Britain. The LALIGA Select is a talent detection and development programme launched in 2021 by LALIGA North America together with the ISL Agency and forms part of the organisation's strategy to support the growth of football in the US. In Britain, the LALIGA Academy has two editions of LALIGA Camps UK, and another with players from a Camps programme with its first phase in Guatemala.

Since the launch of these sports projects, more than 220,000 players have been trained by top coaches using the LALIGA methodology through various programmes, including those players who have experienced the Training Stages at the ESC LALIGA and NBA Centre.

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