A writer to the Straits Times Forum who goes by the name Edwin Pang has suggested that the Community Development Councils (CDC) adopt Singapore Premier League (SPL) clubs which are “less supported and financed”.
He also came up with new names for the SPL clubs to accompany his idea.
He suggested that the South East CDC adopted the Eagles, which should be renamed the SE Geylang International, while North East CDC adopts the NE Tampines Rovers.
He also went on to ask that the North West CDC take NW Young Lions under its care, while South West District supports SW Tanjong Pagar United and Central Singapore District adopts Central Balestier Khalsa.
If this idea goes through, the acronym for the Central Balestier Khalsa would be CBK, with those who know, will know.
The writer left out Albirex Niigata, Hougang United and the Lion City Sailors, and did not provide any reasons, but it is assumed that these three clubs are better financed.
Pang was of the opinion that it would be hard for residents to identify themselves of clubs “are named after small areas with small numbers of residents”.
The district adoption programme would allow the community to bond through “common support of an adopted SPL club”, have “an enhanced fan base formed by residents and students from their district” and earn from financial support from corporate sponsors located there.
There are eight clubs in Singapore professional football league, and the current venues being used for matches are Jurong East Stadium (South West CDC), Toa Payoh Stadium and Jalan Besar Stadium (Central CDC), Hougang Stadium and Our Tampines Hub (Northeast CDC).
The CDCs are currently helmed by Mayors, who are People’s Action Party Members of Parliament.
Denise Phua (Central), Low Yen Ling (South West), Desmond Choo (North East), Alex Yam (North West) and Fahmi Aliman (South East) are the five current Mayors.
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