By JOANNE SOH
YOUR kid could be the next Wayne Rooney.
Four coaches from Manchester United will be in Singapore next week to teach children aged seven to 18 how to play football the Manchester United way.
Called the Live, Train & Play The United Way, this five-day football camp is jointly organised by the Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS) and Geylang Serai Constituency Sports Club.
Mrs Theresa Madlangbayan McBean chanced upon the football clinic while surfing the People's Association website looking for children's holiday programmes, and immediately registered her seven-year-old son Dylan for the clinic.
"Dylan really enjoys playing football. He's interested in other sports too, but he chooses to play football as it's the most accessible to him," said the 42-year-old mother of two.
The Filipino-born Canadian moved to Singapore four months ago, after living in Shanghai for five years.
"Dylan was enrolled in this programme called Active Kidz in Shanghai where he played in a soccer team called Manchester United," she said.
"Not because they are huge fans of the club, but because each team is named after a team from Europe."
Mr and Mrs McBean do not play football, but are "very sporty" people,and have always encouraged their kids to try out different sports.
"Dylan has tried out golf, wushu, gymnastics, ice-skating, but he says it's football that he wants to pursue."
Mrs McBean also plans to enrol Dylan in the Yew Tee Children's Football League since they live in the Choa Chu Kang area.
"Football is all about having fun," she said.
"Signing Dylan up for the football clinic is not so much about mastering skills. I want him to learn about camaraderie, discipline and sportsmanship."