Try out all kinds of activities at Play Day

Siva Krishnan, the Sports Hub's director of sports and community programming, hopes that the Play Day event will encourage the public to pick up sports activities which suit their varied lifestyles.
Siva Krishnan, the Sports Hub's director of sports and community programming, hopes that the Play Day event will encourage the public to pick up sports activities which suit their varied lifestyles.ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

There will be activities galore for families to enjoy today at the inaugural Play Day, a community event organised by the Singapore Sports Hub.

About 10,000 people are expected to take part in more than 30 activities - which include basketball, beach volleyball, zumba, kickboxing and capteh kicking - across 11 venues around the 35ha Sports Hub facility from 9am to 6pm.

Sports will feature strongly at the one-day event, as the public can try out the likes of beach frisbee, handball, athletics, tennis and football.

Those who are looking for a fitness workout can also take part in piloxing, pilates, or a boot camp session.

Fitbit, an American manufacturer of fitness tracking devices, will be unveiled as the new sponsor for the free Experience Sports daily fitness sessions, which have drawn an estimated total of 75,000 participants to date.

There are also activities for those who do not want to break a sweat, such as traditional kampong games like snakes and ladders and zero point.

A PLACE FOR ALL TO PLAY

We hope to paint a picture that this place is their playground and it's not just for the elite athletes.

SIVA KRISHNAN , Sports Hub's director of sports and community programming, encouraging the public to come to the Hub for Play Day.

Kids have not been left out, with perennial favourites such as a bouncy inflated castle also set up.

For those unfamiliar with the Sports Hub, there will be free venue tours.

Cycling enthusiasts can also join a guided tour to explore the interactive exhibits in Shimano Cycling World.

Siva Krishnan, Sports Hub's director of sports and community programming, said: "This is the biggest community event that we're hosting at the Sports Hub."

The assortment of activities is an attractive draw for people looking to find a sport that is a perfect fit for them.

Said Winnie Lee, a 35-year-old service quality professional: "The event is like a gateway for getting people to become more active by taking up a sports activity. Once you try, you would then be able to ascertain whether you're really interested in it."

The Sports Hub intends to make Play Day a permanent fixture in its calendar. It will be held during the school holidays, four times a year.

Krishnan, 43, said: "The public can try multiple sports and have a proper go at them. Then afterwards, they can decide if they are more of a football guy or frisbee guy.

"We hope to paint a picture that this place is their playground and it's not just for elite athletes.

"We can't have the same in-house activities for the next 10 years. We need to keep innovating and thinking of how to make things better and more interesting."

Krishnan hopes that through the event, more people will utilise the facilities available at the Hub.

He said: "We see many people coming for regular activities, but I think that people are still finding out how to use the Hub's facilities.

"We want to keep drumming the message across that the Sports Hub does not just host big events like the SEA Games, but it's also for the community as well."

Alvin Chia

• For more information, visit www.sportshub.com.sg/CommunityPlayDay

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2016, with the headline 'Try out all kinds of activities at Play Day'. Print Edition | Subscribe