After the official launch of ‘GetActive! Singapore’ earlier today, festivities in the heartlands followed suit with GetActive! at the Heartlands.
The week-long sporting bash brought along several easy-to-play sporting activities, such as athletics, tennis and ultimate frisbee tryouts, to the eastern community.
Members of the public take part in ultimate frisbee tryouts at Tampines field. Photo: Sport Singapore
The event at Tampines on Sunday was graced by Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng, who is also a Member of Parliament with Tampines GRC.
Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng (centre) takes part in a mass dance workout at Tampines field. Photo: Sport Singapore
As a lead-up to Singapore’s 51st birthday celebrations, activities also included mass dance workouts to this year’s National Day Parade theme song ‘Tomorrow’s Here Today’, which is performed by local music band 53A.
According to Sport Singapore’s strategic development and marketing group chief Toh Boon Yi, the campaign drew reference to local support during last year’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and ASEAN Para Games, and served to reignite ‘Singapore spirit’.
“There’s actually no best way but to do it during the National Day season, so we came up with this idea of GetActive! Singapore, encourage everyone to come out and celebrate National Day through sport and along the way, get healthy,” said Toh.
“That’s killing two birds with one stone.”
As part of the campaign, the Children and Families Sports Festival
, which provides an additional bonding platform for families, will also take place over two weekends at various ActiveSG Sports Centres island-wide.
A little one taking part in activities during the Children and Families Sports Festival at Pasir Ris Sports Hall. Photo: Sport Singapore
Activities at the festival were customised to suit different age groups and different levels of abilities so there will be something for everyone in the family to participate in.
“The crowd has been very, very good and we’re always very busy, and for the people with disabilities, they’re also enjoying themselves as well,” said Suqina Vandeput, senior executive at Sport Singapore.
“They did mention that the games are a bit more friendly and also for children alike. Children of any age, and also the young, old and people with disabilities can participate in all our stations.”
For members of the public who were unable to attend the festivities at Tampines, heartland activities will also take place during the following weekend (6-7 Aug) at Jurong East field (next to MRT) and Woodlands field (next to MRT) from 5pm to 9pm each day.