Live Better Through Sport
Singaporeans can look forward to a series of sport festivals, community initiatives and competitions with the introduction of a new national initiative. Called GetActive! Singapore, the annual event will be held in the week leading up to National Day and aims to provide a platform to inspire the Singapore spirit and celebrate our national identity through sport.
The first edition was held from 30 July to 7 August 2016 ahead of Singapore’s 51st birthday bash. It incorporated three components – an expanded Singapore National Games (SNG), a freshly minted Children and Families Sports Festival and a new Active Enabler grant to fund ground-up initiatives.
Launched in 2012, the SNG fosters friendly competition. Now in its third edition, it has expanded to 21 sports – 16 sports for the able-bodied; five para – sports for people with disabilities. The para-sports – archery, boccia, swimming, table tennis and tenpin bowling – were added in the spirit of inclusion when it became evident during the 8th ASEAN Para Games that sport was a great way to get people with special needs involved in the society and also to realise their potential.
Organised for the first time, the Sports Festival provided a platform for family, friends and neighbours to bond through sports. A range of activities was organised at ActiveSG centres around Singapore, from fundamental movement skills to get the little ones moving right to fun sport try outs for the whole family.
Unique to GetActive! Singapore was the call for creative, sport-focused and lifestyle-driven proposals that were co-organised and co-created by the community and corporate partners. The proposals were funded under the Active Enabler programme, whereby anyone with good ideas, whether it is a school, organisation, company or even a group of friends, can tap on the fund to develop sport-focused creative activities, from organising a mass event to workshops and seminars.
SportSG’s latest initiative builds on the success of the 28th SEA Games and the 8th ASEAN Para Games which Singapore hosted in June and December 2015 respectively.
Said SportSG’s CEO Lim Teck Yin: “The 28th SEA Games and the 8th ASEAN Para Games amply demonstrated the power of sport in bringing people together and inspiring pride and celebration as a ‘tribe’ of Singaporeans. GetActive! Singapore is therefore a clarion call towards building a nation of resilient communities, a cohesive and caring society of engaged citizens, and more importantly, a Singapore that we are all proud to call home.”
Sports Anytime, Anywhere
SportSG is making it easier for people to engage in their favourite sport anytime, anywhere – either by themselves or with their friends and families. In support of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)’s Car Free Sundays SG initiative, SportSG has been organising fun and exciting sporting activities along the five-kilometre stretch in Singapore’s Civic and Central Business District for anyone regardless of playing ability and fitness level.
From little kids to youths to adults, SportSG provides opportunities to get active – ranging from a mini-obstacle fun race that offers children between the age of three and six years the platform to develop their fundamental movement skills through a range of activities such as jumping, running, throwing and kicking; to sport try outs, and dance and fitness classes such as urban trekking the Nordic way and functional fitness. There is no excuse for anyone not to partake in the favourite sport of their choice.
To make it accessible for younger learners, the activities have also been scaled down using smaller courts, and in the case of racket sports, lighter rackets and low compression balls.
The options available are expanding in SportSG’s drive to generate interest and participation, and to encourage everyone to live better through sport.