NFABD and Sports School sign MOU
Monday, February 5, 2018
THE National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) and the Sports School today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see the governing body of football in Brunei share its expertise with the school.
The MoU was signed at NFABD House in Berakas in the presence of NFABD President Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Bendahara Seri Maharaja Permaisuara Pengiran Muda Haji Sufri Bolkiah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hamzah Bin Haji Sulaiman, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, senior officials from both ministries, the Sports School and NFABD.
Apart from helping the school’s students train for competitions and prepare training programmes, NFABD will also share its technical services, expertise and other professional development resources.
The start of the MoU will see an initial 14 Sports School students involved in the programme, with a joint effort to scout for other students to follow.
“NFABD is responsible for the planning and implementation of football development programmes in Brunei, and I am confident this MoU will produce more skilled players who will undergo better systematic training from a young age,” said NFABD General Secretary Roslin Suhailee
“This MoU will also allow us to together scout for talented players to represent the national team in the future,” he added.
The Sports School’s principal Matt Letham echoed Roslin’s comments, saying that he too hoped the MoU would be an avenue to create more national footballers.
Stating that the Sports School’s core value is to become a centre for sports and academic excellence, Letham acknowledged that the school will only be able to achieve such a vision by partnering and utilising the expertise of local stakeholders such as NFABD.
The Sports School recently received a rebranding in which they were charged with creating a school that the finest athletes of Brunei would be proud to attend, and Letham said that today’s MoU signing will help them achieve that goal.
“Both our institutions have a responsibility to nurture our most talented young players so they achieve their fullest potential, which may include representing the national team,” he said.
“With such similar goals, it is only natural that we work together - and that this has been formalised in this MoU is to be celebrated.
“For our part, we know our boys will be catered for within the national set up and that our coaches will receive professional development of the highest caliber - and for both these things we are grateful.
“On behalf of the Ministry of Education and the Sports School, I would like to thank NFABD President Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Bendahara Seri Maharaja Permaisuara Pengiran Muda Haji Sufri Bolkiah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien for agreeing to the MoU, and we look forward to a successful partnership in the future.
“This is the game that Brunei loves, and let us ensure the success of this partnership through our hard work, perseverance and sacrifice.”
Issued by: Sports School Brunei Darussalam