The newly furbished ‘Our Tampines Hub’, located at the site where the former Tampines Stadium and Sports Hall used to stand, played host to ActiveSG’s sports open house on Saturday as part of Sport Singapore’s continuing effort to introduce sports to the community.
Members of public participating in the athletics tryout during the ActiveSG Sports Open House at the Our Tampines Hub. Photo: Sport Singapore
Residents around Tampines who had to travel elsewhere in search for sporting facilities for the past five years, no longer need to look further, as the integrated community and lifestyle hub now boasts its own swanky sports facilities.
Plenty of activities were available at the open house, including various sports tryouts such as football
. There was also no lack of star power, as Team Singapore athletes Ng Hanbin and Desmond Oh as well as alumni C. Kunalan and Terry Pathmanathan were present to mingle with the public.
“We want to introduce the facilities that we will be operating here (such as) the sports halls and the swimming pools. And what better way (to do it) is through the introduction of sports through the academies,” said ActiveSG director Abdul Rahman Hassan.
Pointing out that signups for the academies
have been “very encouraging” especially during the school holidays, Rahman said: “We’ve been conducting all the programmes at all our designated centres for sport and looks like we have to introduce even more (programmes) for other centres.”
For Sengkang residents Shahreil Bin Ismin and Nur Farikha, coming down to participate in the various sports tryouts served as bonding time for the family.
ActiveSG Football Academy principal Aleksandar Duric (left) interacts with ActiveSG Chief Lai Chin Kwang and a young participant during the ActiveSG Sports Open House. Photo: Sport Singapore
Due to their work and their three children’s academic commitments during the weekdays, weekends were reserved for family time.
“We got the email from ActiveSG for today’s event, so we decided, ‘Let’s come and have some fun with the kids.’,” said Farikha.
Based on her children’s reactions, the 28-year-old mother is also considering to send her children for sessions with the football and athletics academies.
Former national sprinter Kunalan was heartened by the response at the event and pointed out that “this is the right time for us to be advertising” as the academies will commence their programmes next month.
He added: “We want the whole family to stay active throughout the week and we hope that through these fun activities, the whole family will realise that there’s much more to do than just watching TV at home or going to the air-conditioned shopping centres.”