Singapore, 22 June 2011 – This morning, a group of underprivileged youths were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to train under Italian football experts, thanks to a tie-up between StarHub and Red Card. The youths were invited by StarHub to attend a football clinic at Meridian Junior College, where they underwent some professional training under academy coaches from Juventus Under-16 Football Club - the junior arm of one of the top Italian football clubs.
These youths are from the Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) Free Kicks Programme – a programme that brings underprivileged youths from all walks of life with a common love for football together.
Ms Jeannie Ong, StarHub’s Head of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations said, “StarHub believes in supporting initiatives that improve and enhance the lives of youths, especially the underprivileged. Through today’s clinic, we have seen these youths from different socio-economic standings interact with one another despite their diverse backgrounds and bond through their common love for football. We hope to reach out to youths-at-risk and sports, in this case, football, help us to do just that.”
The Juventus Under-16 Football Club is in Singapore to play at the Canon Lion City Cup of which StarHub is the official broadcaster. The tournament is aired ‘live’ exclusively on SuperSports Arena (StarHub TV Channel 201) which is a complimentary sports channel available to all StarHub TV customers.
Earlier last year, StarHub donated $100,000 to Central Singapore CDC Nurture Programme – a literacy programme aimed to help children from low-income families break out of the poverty cycle through education and training. Since StarHub was established in 2000, the company has donated over $7 million to help the less fortunate in Singapore.