Every Saturday afternoon, you’ll see the SMU Men’s Soccer Team on the pitch. With them will be a bunch of energetic, playful and often mischievous bunch of young boys and a few girls too. This is Free Kicks, a programme for children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, that inculcates life skills and values such as teamwork, responsibility and commitment through sports.
Spearheaded by the SMU Soccer Team, there are now 50-and-growing Free Kicks programmes at various locations islandwide. Every weekend, rain or shine, you’ll see the team training with the kids.
We catch up with Keith Chionh and Joel Yee, the President and Vice-president of the SMU Soccer Team, for a quick chat after a Saturday soccer practice.