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Sports to be a huge part of Our Tampines Hub

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Sports to be a huge part of Our Tampines Hub

22 February, 2016   Gary Yeo


Our Tampines Hub

Artist impression of Our Tampines Hub. Credit: People's Association


Some 3,000 lucky Tampines residents got a sneak peek of Our Tampines Hub as they joined Tampines grassroots leaders at a topping-up ceremony on Sunday (Feb 21).


These residents also managed to get a mini workout by participating in the sport try outs put together by ActiveSG such as 3-a-side basketball, fun tennis challenges, modified track and field stations (below), fundamental movement exercises and interactive football activities. 


ActiveSG sport try out

Photo: Sport Singapore


Team Singapore athletes were also present to mingle with the residents. Amongst those present were wheelchair basketballer, Choo Poh Choon; tennis players Stephanie Tan, Steve Ng, Roy Hobbs and Joshua Liu; floorballers Fariza Begum, Felicia Lim, Syarifah Badriyah, Lai Soak Kuan, Jowie Tan, and Rury Narita; sprinter Muhammad Naqib bin Asmin; pioneer athlete C. Kunalan; and ActiveSG Football Academy Principal and football legend Aleksandar Duric.

Mr Lai Chin Kwang, Chief, ActiveSG, said: "It was heartening to see so many Tampines residents join us at our ActiveSG sport try-outs. It could have been an easy choice to sleep in on a Sunday but instead, they showed up in great spirits to play sports with one another, mingle with our Team Singapore athletes and find out more about the various programmes that we offer."

"With the opening of this new Hub, I am hopeful that more Singaporeans will make full use of the new sporting facilities and include more sports into their daily routine. There is always a sport for everyone to play and we hope that all Singaporeans will embrace an active lifestyle and live better through sport," he added.


Team Singapore athletes at Our Tampines Hub event

(From left to right) Jowie Tan, Muhammad Naqib bin Asmin, Syarifah Badriyah, Rury Narita, Felicia Lim, Lai Soak Kuan, Fariza Begum, Choo Poh Choon, Nila, Joshua Liu, Stefanie Tan, Steve Ng and Roy Hobbs. Photo: Sport Singapore 

 

ActiveSG sport try out
ActiveSG Football Academy Principal and football legend Aleksandar Duric (left, in red) showing the children how it's done. Photo: Sport Singapore

Sports will be a major part of the spanking Our Tampines Hub when it starts to open in stages, starting from November this year. Singapore’s first integrated community hub will have a performing arts theatre and sports and recreation facilities, including a 5,000 seater stadium with a FIFA-approved football pitch. 

  

sport try out at Our Tampines Hub

Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and MP for Tampines GRC, trying his hand at basketball during the event. Photo: Sport Singapore

Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and MP for Tampines GRC, said: "We can see now that with the existing facilities there's already a big demand, so we expect that there'll be more, as well as there'll be a lot of programing targeted at the community, to get people to be active, to learn a new sport, and then we also look forward to hosting national, regional sporting events that will bring more spectators to Tampines."

The gym and bowling facilities will be up and running in January next year, while the swimming complex will be operational by August next year. 


Besides these brand new facilities, residents will be pleased to know that ActiveSG has a wide range of fun and exciting programmes that they can sign up for to enable them to live better through sport.