As Singapore steers towards a Vision 2030 future where sports help improve the overall well-being of Singaporeans, ITE College Central students have also been doing their part in this movement towards a healthier and more active society.
As part of their final year project, various teams of ITE students partnered with ActiveSG to organise innovative sporting events that promote sports in the daily lifestyles of everyday Singaporeans.
ITE College Central students have been doing their part as we move towards a healthier and more active society. Photo: Sport Singapore
"The key purpose for these ITE students' final year projects is to have the opportunity for them to try out their ideas, co-creating with us, engaging the youths, the families and the seniors," said Chief of ActiveSG Lai Chin Kwang.
"We also want to use this opportunity to engage them, to mentor them, to allow them to better understand how living better through sports can be done through various programmes and initiatives so that they can inspire more Singaporeans, be it the youths, families or seniors, to come out to be engaged in more sporting activities and live better through sports."
Through this collaboration with ITE, ActiveSG also aims to give students a platform where they can pick up life skills such as teamwork and leadership – something that would be difficult to learn in a classroom setting.
ActiveSG aims to give students a platform where they can pick up life skills such as teamwork and leadership. Photo: Sport Singapore
While there are palpable benefits for the students in this valuable learning experience, ActiveSG's partnership with ITE College Central provides benefits that go both ways.
"It's a convergence of our interests. On one level, working with ITE as a whole, we are able to provide through our programmes, opportunities for authentic learning experiences for ITE students," said CEO of Sport Singapore Lim Teck Yin.
"On another level, ITE students, with their energy, with their creativity, with their ideas, bring additional capacity to programming that we can offer to Singaporeans and residents."
"I think in order to reach out to Singaporeans and residents, there are multiple partners that we have to work with, because each partner has a different reach into different parts of the community."
Participants take part in modified fitness activities during the Super Seniors event at the Bedok Sports Centre. Photo: Sport Singapore
On 4 Feb, ITE students organised an event called 'Super Seniors'. The event targeted senior citizens in a bid to encourage them to lead an active lifestyle, thus helping them reduce the risk of age-related illnesses.
Member of Parliament Lee Yi Shyan, who graced the event at the Bedok Sports Centre, praised the students' creativity in coming up with such a unique and interesting event for senior citizens.
"They came up with this Super Seniors concept that helps to inject a lot of fun for the seniors to emulate super heroes," he said.
East Coast GRC MP, Lee Yi Shyan, takes part in a mass dance during the Super Seniors. Photo: Sport Singapore
"It also helps to change their mindset that even though they are older, there is still that 'superness' in them, that they can do something different, something out of the ordinary."
Darren Yeo, an ITE student leader who organised the 'Super Seniors' event, said it was a great learning opportunity that gave them good practical experience.
“Working with senior citizens lets me realise that we have to understand their needs and not just plan it the way I want,” he said.
"This lets me realise that for all events, we need to consider our target audience."
Another event organised in partnership with ActiveSG was 'Outwit. Outplay', which was a community outreach and engagement sports event that targeted youths.
ITE College Central students and participants in action during the Outwit. Outplay event at the Pasir Ris Sports Centre. Photo: Sport Singapore
Through a series of modified sports such as Dodge Bells, Tchouk-Bowling and Neon Ping Pong, the event tried to encourage youths to adopt sporting habits and build their inter-personal skills through sports.
ITE student Dareh Soo, organiser of the 'Outwit. Outplay' event, said he learnt many things from this experience. As compared to a normal event, sporting events have some key considerations such as the weather and safety aspects that need special attention.
“Firstly, we need to care about the weather. The weather is very important because there are outdoor stations,” the 20-year-old said.
“Secondly, it would be the safety of participants, because in sporting events, there are movements all around so participants are prone to get hurt.”
In arming youths with the know-how to organise sporting events, ActiveSG hopes that these students go on to make full use of their new-found expertise and experience even after they leave school. Photo: Sport Singapore
Whether as part of the Team NILA volunteers or with non-governmental organisations, this new generation would hopefully lay the foundations for building a healthier and more active Singapore.