Sports Facilities Within Easy Reach
Following the ramp up of public sports spaces, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and even pursuing sports more seriously has become a lot easier.
In residential heartlands in Bedok and Tampines, new integrated sports facilities for the family are being built, while existing facilities at the Kallang Practice Track, Choa Chu Kang National Shooting Range and Geylang Town Play Field have been upgraded.
Under the Dual-Use Scheme (DUS), school fields and indoor sports halls are being made available for public use outside of school hours.
It is envisaged that by 2030 most homes in Singapore will be within a 10-minute walk to the nearest sports spaces.
Dual-Use School Facilities
A joint project between SportSG and the Ministry of Education (MOE), the DUS has been a boon for sports enthusiasts since its introduction. It offers the much-needed space to exercise and play a game of badminton or football.
From just six schools in 2003, there are now more than 160 schools and facilities that are open, including 87 football fields (chargeable), 50 free-to-play fields and 77 indoor sports halls. Take-up has been strong with over 200,000 bookings made under the DUS in 2015.
The scheme is being extended. By 2020, all fenced fields and indoor sports halls in government primary and secondary schools will be open to the public.
One-Stop Integrated Hub at Bedok
Integrated sports facilities are coming up in HDB town centres with indoor sports halls, swimming complexes and gymnasiums. While some are built on greenfield sites, many are re-purposed from standalone facilities to meet the demands of a different age.
In Bedok, the former Bedok Adventure Park is giving way to an integrated lifestyle destination centre called Heartbeat @ Bedok, which will house sports facilities, a library, a community club, a polyclinic and food and beverage and retail outlets, within a 2.1-hectare site.
Slated to be completed in 2017, the seven-storey complex is conveniently located within walking distance of the Bedok MRT Station and bus interchange, widening its catchment area beyond the immediate neighbourhood.
The sports centre comes with uniquely designed facilities, including six sheltered tennis courts, a sports hall with eight badminton courts, and two sepak takraw and silat courts. It will also have five pools for leisure and exercise, including one sheltered training pool, in a modern setting where residents can hold poolside parties and barbecues.
SportSG is creating interesting programmes to generate greater community participation and enable residents and their families to live better through sport.
Singapore Sports Hub
With world-class facilities, the Singapore Sports Hub is an integrated sports and lifestyle destination. With its 55,000-capacity National Stadium, a 3,000-capacity sheltered aquatic centre and a 3,000-seater multi-purpose indoor arena, it has played host to a string of sporting events since it opened in 2014, like the World Rugby Sevens Series, Singapore Badminton Open, Women’s Tennis Association Finals, OCBC Cycle, 28th SEA Games and 8th ASEAN Para Games.
The entertainment and lifestyle line-up is equally impressive. It was host to Singapore’s own Stefanie Sun’s Kepler World Tours, Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou’s Opus II concert and British boyband One Direction. It also served as venue for the Disney On Ice’s Magical Ice Festival.
Going forward, there are plans for more programmed sporting activities for the community in addition to major sporting events, such as free Learn-to-Play programmes, regular fitness classes as well as events like the 100 Plus Promenade Run and the Sports Hub Stepper Challenge.