Thousands gather at National Stadium for second Sports Hub Community Play Day

The main attraction at the National Stadium which attracted 3,248 Zumba fanatics during the Sports Hub Community Play Day on Sept 17, 2016.
The main attraction at the National Stadium which attracted 3,248 Zumba fanatics during the Sports Hub Community Play Day on Sept 17, 2016.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - Thousands of people poured onto pitch of the National Stadium this morning (Sept 17) for the Sports Hub Community Play Day.

The main attraction at the 55,000-seater stadium was the Zumba session which attracted 3,248 Zumba fanatics doing the dance sequence together on stadium pitch in the morning, the most the National Stadium - which runs weekly Zumba classes outside its gates - has ever seen.

The event was officially started by guest of honour Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin. He addressed the crowd on stage before the Zumba session started, stressing the importance of keeping active and spending time together with families.

Some other highlights of the event include the Sports Hub Community Fun Stepper (participants climbed the steps as volunteers kept count), the Passion Children's Football Carnival (an under-10 and under-12 football tournament were held simultaneously on a section of the pitch) while young basketball fans got to interact with members of the Singapore Slingers.

Close to 300 of OCBC Cares beneficiaries such as Down Syndrome Association and kidsREAD programme also took part in some of the sports clinics and tryouts.

The event was very much a family affair as corporate training consultant, Ms Aradhana Srivastava, 38, showed up with her husband and two sons. While her sons tried out frisbee and other games in the Experience Sports Clinics and Tryouts, she got her Zumba workout of the morning.

She told The Straits Times: "There are so many families here just laughing and having fun together. You don't want to do something like Zumba alone at home, when you do it in a big crowd, there's so much enthusiasm and it's just so much fun here."