Singapore Football

Lee to learn from coaches in England

Aspiring coach Gavin Lee will be living the dream as he embarks on a three-week trip to the United Kingdom on Monday to observe top coaches from Cardiff City, Crewe Alexandra and Liverpool.

The final-year Nanyang Technological University sports science undergraduate has a C licence in coaching and worked as an intern under S.League champions Warriors FC coach Alex Weaver last season.

"Coach Alex Weaver passed me his contacts and I arranged for the trip," said the 24-year-old.

"I want to observe and learn from the coaching practices, in terms of styles and technology, from these top clubs and improve as a coach.

"I was from the National Football Academy until the Under-16s and stopped playing because of studies. But I still love the sport and the interaction with players I get from coaching."

Weaver said on his Facebook page: "The lad has worked hard and saved up to pay for the trip himself. Bright and driven enough to learn, he's studying the world's game and he's thinking like a 'globally aware' coach."

- DAVID LEE