Speech by Mr Masagos Zulkifli BMM, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Home Affairs, at the SYSD Committee Press Conference on the Launch of Satellite Centres for Sports Development, at Wrestling Federation of Singapore, on Saturday, 29 May 2010, at 11am.
Mr Teo Ser Luck,
Senior Parliamentary Secretary,
Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and Ministry of Transport
Mr Oon Jin Teck,
Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Sports Council
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Building a Broader Base in Sports Participation
I would like to start by saying: There is no better time to raise youth sports participation than today. And there is no better time to be involved and engaged in sports than today. Let me quickly mention some key developments recently.
Recently, our Minister announced the PE and Sports Development Framework at the joint opening ceremony of the 3rd International Conference of Physical Education and Sports Science (ICPESS) 2010, and the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Sports Conference.
The Framework highlights MOE’s priority in providing opportunities for all to be physically active and building a vibrant sports culture while at the same time, developing sporting talent for the nation. I will not go into details here, but suffice to say that the Mass Participation Programmes, the Specialised Sports Programmes and the Talent Development Programmes form the three-pronged framework.
The Framework consolidates the current initiatives in PE and Sports. It will enable schools to better understand how the various initiatives link and support MOE’s philosophy and approaches in this area. The Framework will also be able to guide schools and provide the broad direction moving forward.
Cultivating a strong sporting culture and a vibrant way of life is beneficial as it helps us develop an active and healthy lifestyle from youth to adulthood. Beyond the vast opportunities given to students today, the Satellite Centres for Sports Development contribute by building a broader base in sports participation and by providing opportunities for children and youth to engage in and play sports. Such programmes offered at the Satellite Centres for Sports Development will complement the Mass Participation Programmes in the PE and Sports Development Framework.
Sharing of School Sports Facilities with the Community
Since 2005, MOE has opened up sports facilities in identified schools after school hours. To-date, 80 school fields are available for public use and 50 smaller fields are available for recreational purposes under the ‘free-to-play’ scheme. In addition, 30 Indoor Sports Halls are opened to the public for badminton, basketball, netball and volleyball.
In addition, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) has been working with MOE to identify suitable venues for Satellite Centres for Sports Development. These centres will be located at various venues including the Indoor Sports Halls in schools.
In conclusion, things have never been better for the development of sports. The launch of the Satellite Centres for Sports Development helps to build an even broader base in sports participation and create more opportunities and playing spaces for our children and youth.
In addition, with the sharing of schools’ sports facilities for the communities to use, we look forward to more people taking up sports as well as pursuing their dreams to be elite sportsmen and sportswomen.