Lion City Sailors and Borussia Dortmund announce partnership to develop young players, Latest Singapore football news


Elite trainees from the Lion City Sailors’ Academy can look forward to playing with one of Europe’s top youth teams when they travel to Borussia Dortmund (BVB) for an annual training camp , which should start next year.

As part of a 2.5-year partnership announced by the two clubs in a virtual press conference on Saturday July 17, this 13-16-year-old group will train and play friendly matches in Dortmund, the group said. General Manager of Sailors Chew. Chun-Liang.

Those who shine during the two-week training camp will benefit from another week-long stint with the Bundesliga club, known for their philosophy of providing opportunities for young players.

“They will play for the Under 23 team, train at a higher level, we want to see them on the pitch here in Dortmund and give them a good experience to be the best possible player,” said Lars Ricken, director of BVB Youth Performance Center.

The former German international and Champions League winner added: “We are not ruling out the possibility that local young players may find their way into the Borussia Dortmund youth system.

“We hope this will happen in our cooperation with the sailors and we hope to see (their) players in our environment.”

Asked about a target date for the first training camp, the CEO of Sailors Chew: “We will take a measured approach and start slowly. The health and safety of the players and staff of both teams is important.

He mentions the possibility of training camp taking place next year, if the situation permits.

The partnership will begin with education and coaching sessions conducted virtually with academy players having access to the BVB learning platform.

Sailor personnel will also benefit from this partnership through annual workshops organized by their BVB counterparts on topics such as talent identification, sports medicine, sports science, psychology, nutrition, analysis of data and matches, fan engagement and the match day experience.

This is not Dortmund’s first partnership with a local club. Their previous collaboration with Warriors FC ended prematurely, with the latter suspending operations a year after the deal began.

However, the move allowed Dortmund to forge a relationship with Singapore, BVB Asia Pacific chief executive Suresh Letchmanan said.

Referring to the new partnership, Suresh said, “The two clubs are dynamic and progressive brands that are committed to developing talented young players and these shared beliefs make the two organizations a perfect fit.

This is another major move from the sailors, who topped the headlines with a series of eye-catching plans and offers.

The Sailors, who are the first privatized club in Singapore’s Premier League, have spent money on a variety of fronts, including a $ 10million training center slated to open next April and the record 2 transfer, $ 9 million from Brazilian Diego Lopes in January.

In May, the club signed national captain Hariss Harun, and they followed that with the capture of Asian Champions League-winning tactician Kim Do-hoon as their coach.

Chew has big ambitions for the future, aiming to make the club one of the best in the region.

“To get there, we have to learn from the best, and in BVB we have found a partner who is among the best in the world,” he said.

“We share similar ambitions with Dortmund, to become a hotbed for young talent.”


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