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PETER SCHMEICHEL SHOOTS FOR HOPE

Peter Schmeichel playing the mind games prior to taking the penalty kick. (Photo: SSC)
 
 

Walking around the penalty box before the spot kick in Jalan Besar Stadium is legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

Playing mind games with his opposition is something familiar to Peter but this time it was different - he was the one preparing to take the penalty kick. These mind games would always work in his favour back in his playing days with Manchester United, however this time his shot went straight into the keeper’s arm.

Peter was all smiles even after the miss, as it meant another $500 went to the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC). Together with his guidance of the Courts Young Lions (CYL) and SDSC footballers, the one-hour “Shoot for Hope” charity event session ended with a total of $15,000 raised for the SDSC.

 
 
National Football Academy keeper made a splendid save under the watchful eyes of legend Peter Schmeichel. (Photo: Courts Singapore)
 
 Mdm Mumtaz Karim, Vice President of Singapore Disability Sports Council said, “We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Courts Singapore for contributing their time and effort into organising this meaningful event. The funds raised will help and empower more disabled persons in our community to live active and fulfilling lives.”


The charity event was part of a two-day visit by Peter Schmeichel, who was unveiled as the Courts’ ambassador on its’ 38
th birthday.

The 1992 & 1993 ‘World’s Best Goalkeeper’ was involved in a meet-the-fans session at the Courts Megastore and also held a motivational talk for CYL.

 
 
Peter Schmeichel, together with Courts CEO Terry O’Connor (left) hosting the motivational talk with Courts Young Lions. (Photo: Courts Singapore)
 
Through the motivational talk, Peter aimed to inspire the CYL who are currently struggling in the S-League to fulfill their amass potential, but he too was inspired,  “As much as this was supposed to be motivational and inspiring for them, they have inspired me plenty as well. It is an honour to be spending this morning with these two groups of extraordinary young men and I have truly enjoyed this opportunity.”

Through his time spent in Asia, Peter understands that the culture in this region places huge emphasis on education, which he agrees that it’s important. When asked on what changes are needed for football in this region to succeed on the international stage, he believes that one thing have to change first.

“This region mentality (of education first) needs to change to move to the next level of football.”

To view the details of his trip and his ‘live-chat’, visit
www.facebook.com/courtssg.