Founder, Managing Director & Honorary Head Coach

About the spirit and driving force behind FTP Sports…

GERARD THOMAS a.k.a. COACH JERRY

Coach Jerry has loved sports from a very young age and throughout primary school (Tanglin Primary School), he was involved in soccer, badminton, volleyball, softball, sepak takraw, table-tennis and athletics, before going on to Queensway Secondary, where he continued to hone his fitness and sporting abilities. He also represented the Singapore Navy in inter-formation soccer tournaments. After that, it was social football all the way, playing in many veteran tournaments across Southeast Asia.

My ever-supportive wife coaxed me to start a football academy since I love to be around children and because I love football, so Fit To Play by FTP Sports was born on my son Shane?s ninth birthday, Christmas Day in 2011,” says Coach Jerry.

To further boost his expertise as a coach, he is also a qualified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, using this know-how to assist him in his coaching of children. For more about NLP, please click here. Of course, like all our sports coaches, he is also certified in Standard First Aid and CPR/AED.

On a personal note, Coach Jerry was born and bred in Singapore and grew up in the Queenstown area, living in Redhill and Tanglin Halt for about 30 years. A devout Roman Catholic, he served The Blessed Sacrament Church as an altar boy and choir member; during Christmas carolling with his choir, he often dressed as Santa, entertaining at hospices, old folks homes, prisons, homes for the less privileged and even refugee camps, bringing love and cheer to the needy. Later, he served the Republic of Singapore Navy for six years and continued sailing for another few years before meeting the woman of his dreams in 1985. In 1997, Jerry and Crystal tied the knot and are now the proud parents of two boys, Shane Christian and Scott Michael. Together they enjoy holidaying, fishing and helping to run FTP Sports as a family.

He believes that his greatest teachers and sources of inspiration are his parents.

Lessons his father taught him:

  • to be good at sports to give yourself that edge against others, be good in mind and good in body
  • to stand up for yourself and never be bullied
  • to be as generous as much as the pocket allows
  • to play three indoor games, namely Scrabble, carrom and darts, that you may carry through your life. Coach Jerry still plays these games today to keep his mind active.

Lessons his mother taught him (“Mummy was an ex-convent girl who almost became a nun until she met my father!” quips Coach Jerry):

  • all the ingredients of the word LOVE: patience, humility, contentment, integrity?
  • to always to put yourself in the other person?s shoes before acting and reacting
  • to always forgive

These are also the values he wants to inculcate in the children he coaches and he loves coaching children so much simply because he sees so much innocence within them and they are the best people to teach because they WANT to learn and be excited. Apart from implementing solid coaching techniques, he insists on maintaining a strong feeling of family within Fit To Play and Glory Academy as he believes that he can get the best out of children when they feel that they belong to a special sporting community.

When Coach Jerry isn?t working with children or spending time with his family, he also works with a real estate agency, having a deep passion for real estate knowledge and is a qualified Council of Estate Agency salesperson.


Executive Coaches

About the coaches that bring their expertise, experience and enthusiasm to each session…

 

  TOM KOH a.k.a. COACH TOMMY

It was in his primary school days when a barefooted Coach Tommy discovered a love for football, playing in the McNair School District soccer tournaments in the 1960s where his team eventually won the School District Championship. He went on to represent the Singapore Combined Schools and later the national under-18 team in the 70s and 80s. His first coaching stint with the Hougang RC Zone 4 Youth Soccer Club won them the inaugural FAS-NFL islandwide championship in 1987, leading to national footballing hero, V. Sundramoorthy, appointing him head coach of Jurong FC’s youth team. Coach Tommy discovered that his true passion lay in coaching young aspiring children, not just to develop excellent young footballers, but also fair-minded athletes with as much mental strength as physical agility. Under his expert guidance, many of his young charges have gone on to represent in S-League clubs, FAS-COE youth leagues and school teams. Amongst his many accreditations and colourful achievements, Coach Tommy is a Asian Football Confederation (AFC) certified ‘B’ license coach, and is Fit To Play’s head coach at the Australian International School, Singapore.

 

  RICHARD NG a.k.a. SHIHAN RICHARD

In order to protect himself and his brothers whilst growing up in gangster-rampant Chinatown in 1950s Singapore, Shihan Richard decided to learn the art of self-defense, dabbling in various forms of martial arts before finding his passion in karate. He went on to represent Singapore in various regional and world competitions, and began coaching at the age of 25. He is now the Chief Instructor of Shinwa-Kai Karate Club, and an NROC certified Master Coach in Singapore. Equipped with a 7th Dan black belt and referee qualifications from the World Karate-do Federation (WKF) & Asian Karate-do Federation (AKF), he is one of a select breed of karate coaches in Singapore to acquire these esteemed certifications. With over 35 years of coaching experience under his black belt, Shihan Richard has trained many national athletes who went on to be podium finishers in regional and international championships. He has a special place in his heart for children and nurtures our young Fit To Play athletes with a balance of love and discipline.

 

  MANDY BEITLER a.k.a. COACH MANDY

Coach Mandy packs over a decade of experience in teaching children aged 4 to 14 into a petite package that often has children unsure if she is a child or an adult. Which usually works to her advantage when it comes to breaking the ice with kids, setting the stage for establishing a firm rapport with them right out the gate. Her expertise lies in bringing out the best in children both in the Glory D.A.S.H. classroom and at our Holiday Camps. Although she does not coach sports, she is an avid sports fan and follows football and tennis in particular. Behind the scenes, she also manages the administrative, social media and copy-writing aspects of FTP Sports. In her free time, she is a freelance writer and sub-editor, and enjoys bike-riding and watching episodes of BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’ with her hubby.