Efforts to engage students in sport

We thank Mr Liau Kah Han for his feedback ("Schools competitions will benefit from Sports Hub as venue"; Monday).

From its inception, the Singapore Sports Hub has worked closely with multiple stakeholders, including Sport Singapore, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and schools, to hold sports events and activities at the Sports Hub.

These range from sporting competitions to lifestyle programmes and educational tours.

Since opening to the public in June last year, the Sports Hub has been proud to host the following schools events: the National Inter-Schools "C" Division Rugby Cup and Plate Finals at the National Stadium; National Inter-Schools "C" Division Basketball Finals at the OCBC Arena; National Primary School Sports Climbing Championship at Kallang Wave Mall; and the National Inter-Schools "C" Division Boys Football Quarter Finals.

The Singapore Sports Hub was also officially declared open by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on July 26 this year, in conjunction with Youth Celebrate.

The event, jointly organised by MOE and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, showcased the arts and sports efforts of more than 4,100 performers and athletes from all MOE schools in Singapore, and was attended by more than 50,000 people.

Besides sporting competitions, we have also facilitated orientation programmes, cross-country runs and inline-skating lessons for many schools.

We conscientiously engage educators from schools across various levels, from primary to tertiary, and provide educational and interactive tours, such as the Explore and Learn initiative at the Sports Hub Library and the Singapore Sports Hub Learning Journey.

The aim of these initiatives is to inspire and instil a sense of pride in Singapore's sporting achievements among students, and, at the same time, help students understand the role the Sports Hub plays in contributing to the promotion of sporting excellence and in building a sporting culture in Singapore.

We are committed to helping Singapore achieve its intended goals and objectives, as we strive to deliver on the Government's Vision 2030 masterplan for sports.

We will continue to work very closely with MOE and Sport Singapore, and all our stakeholders, to welcome more school sports events and activities for the benefit of young Singaporean hearts and minds.

Singapore's future lies with our youth, and it is our collective responsibility to give them every opportunity to turn their dreams and aspirations into reality.

Jose Raymond

Senior Director

Corporate Communications and Stakeholder Management

Singapore Sports Hub

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2015, with the headline 'Efforts to engage students in sport'. Print Edition | Subscribe