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Teams hoping to win the Singapore Cup trophy can be secure in the knowledge that the tournament has been blessed with a $1.5m title sponsorship by RHB Bank. (Photo: FAS) 
 
RHB Bank will renew its $1.5 million dollar title sponsorship of the Singapore Cup for the third consecutive term from 2011 to 2013. This makes RHB Bank, which has supported the Singapore Cup since 2005, the longest running title sponsor for the prestigious regional football tournament that will see 11 S.League teams and five foreign teams from five countries vying for the coveted title of RHB Singapore Cup champions.

The announcement was made at the inaugural RHB 5-a-side Charity Challenge held this morning at Sports Planet East Coast, where 5-member teams comprising sports journalists, S.League coaches, RHB Bank staff, partners and children from the Boys’ Town and Jamiyah Children’s Home pit their futsal skills for charity. At the achievement of the 50th goal tally, RHB Bank pledged a total of $10,000 to the two participating charities, including donations raised by RHB Bank employees and partners, to commemorate their 50th anniversary celebrations in Singapore this year.

The 2011 RHB Singapore Cup Draw took place after the 5-a-side Charity Challenge and threw up some very interesting matchups with an Eastern Derby with Geylang United facing Tampines Rovers while foreign clubs, Okkthar United FC taking on Pattaya United FC.

With this year’s draw comprising of five foreign teams like Pattaya United FC, Okkthar United FC, Young Tigers, Phnom Penh Crown FC and South Melbourne FC, the local fans can expect some thrilling and exciting matches in months to come.

Advisor of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Council, Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee, who was the Guest-of-Honour at the event expressed that he was pleased with RHB Bank’s commitment and passion to inject vibrancy into the local and regional football scene, as well as make the sport accessible to more in the community. A/P Ho said: “RHB Bank has been a passionate and dedicated partner to the FAS all these years, never wavering in their support to nurture and grow Singapore football. The new $1.5 million sponsorship will take RHB Bank’s total sponsorship from 2005 till 2013 to a total sum of $4.5 million dollars. That is a strong affirmation of the bank’s support of local football. I am heartened that they will continue to stay with us on this journey to help local football achieve greater heights in the region.

"Mr Jason Wong, Singapore Country Head of RHB Bank said: “RHB Bank takes a long term vision and commitment in our business and we take the same approach in nurturing and developing local sporting talents. We are here to support sports development and promotion in Singapore for the long run. The RHB 5-a-side Charity Challenge is also a fun and meaningful way for our staff and partners to give back to the community as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.

“Besides the Singapore Cup title sponsorship, RHB Bank will continue to work closely with the FAS to run community outreach initiatives to introduce football to youths and underprivileged children,” Mr Wong added.

The preliminary round will kick off on 6th June 2011 and the finals will be held on 5th November 2011.

With the strong lineup of teams for the 2011 RHB Singapore Cup and RHB Bank’s announcement to renew their title sponsorship for another three years, local football will continue to grow and thrill the crowds in months to come.