Having studied the views of Siva, one cannot help but feel that there should be some streamlining in terms of chess training services in Singapore. Siva has cited various sports associations and their workings with private coaches, but stopped short of mentioning how the selection of players for National representation is conducted. When there is insist on creating a national registry of chess trainers, I wonder how this will benefit everyone in the trade. In particular, when parents with high expectations of their children will be inclined to choose the school or organisation that will bring useful accolades for their children should they attain the goals (be it DSA to the desired school of choice). It all boils down to the framework of which the Federation chooses to operate with all stakeholders, from students, parents, coaches and schools.
I'd still advocate the selection framework based on meritocracy - that is, the system of selection of national representatives for all international tournaments be decided by simple and transparent criteria, either by selection tournament placing or based on an aggregate of the applicant's tournament results of the past 6 months. Not by association of any National Junior Squad or entity that is deemed biased as anyone who has the financial means can join, with the entry prerequisites set rather low. What's even more interesting is that you can "buy" your National colours in the process. Someone in the comments questioned the rationale for admitting such a large number of trainees who eventually required additional personal coaching on top of the 4 hr training sessions.
Now if we use my proposed method (say take the results National Schools Individuals any similar scaled event ) and decide the top 3 places in the respective age groups, with the candidates paying half or less of the expenses (SCF can raise the rest), I should think this system of selection will be transparent to all students who qualify regardless which school,academy or private coach they train under. In this way, the qualifications and accreditation of the coach will no longer be important. So long as the students that qualify can perform.This will tie in nicely with all stakeholders as it will let the coaches do their job (with less students to deal with), the officials can spend less time deciding who should be selected and instead work harder at raising funds (rather than try to expand the NJS to raise revenue).Perhaps the SCF coaches can even supplement the training of the selected candidates by detecting and rectifying weakness in their play, during centralised training sessions that can be conducted before the tournament? Surely this will benefit the players a lot more.
By the way, I need to clarify and correct Siva's misconception of clubs offering chess training services. There are certainly commercial chess academies set up for this, but by far no existing CC chess club offers chess training. As volunteers running the CC Chess Clubs, we as coaches certainly cannot allow ourselves to be drawn into a blatant conflict of interest in soliciting our services during the playing sessions.