A consistent sports policy
WE THANK Mr Michael Ang for his letter ("Sports policy lacks consistency"; Nov 14).
There is a concerted effort to promote sports across all ages, starting from the youth.
To promote a strong interest in physical activities and sports among the young, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has increased the curriculum time for physical education (PE) and embarked on enhancing sports facilities in schools, such as the building of indoor sports halls.
It has also stepped up the recruitment of PE teachers. In addition, the Physical Education and Sports Teacher Academy was launched last year to provide in-service training for PE and sports teachers, including non-PE specialists.
To nurture a love for sports, the Singapore Sports Council and MOE jointly administer the Sports Education Programme to provide students with more opportunities to learn and enjoy sports coached by specialists.
There is also growing interest in watching sports events. MediaCorp's free-to-air channels have been offering extensive coverage of various sports events such as the Olympic Games, Malaysian Super League and Volkswagen (Women's) World Cup Table Tennis to showcase Singapore's sporting talent and Team Singapore athletes.
MediaCorp, with support from the Media Development Authority's Public Service Broadcast funding, also produces and telecasts local sports magazine programmes such as Sports@SG, which profile local athletes and sports.
Coverage of events such as the National School Games and the DBS Marina Regatta is also available online at www.singaporesports.tv. These avenues could in turn spur greater interest among home viewers to watch events live, and support Team Singapore.
The sports council will continue to work with national sports associations and other partners to enhance the quality of sports events, their broadcast, as well as spectators' experience. We will also continue to encourage Team Singapore athletes to engage their community and fans.
Through these efforts, we hope that more companies will find it attractive to sponsor local sports events like the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore and the OCBC Cycle Singapore.
With the Sports Hub's planned completion in 2014, there will be an even more vibrant calendar of higher quality events and spectator experiences.
Under the Vision 2030 initiative, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and the sports council will seek to work even more closely with our partners from the public and private sectors so that more Singaporeans can participate in sports and enjoy sports events, whether at sports venues or through the media.
Koh Peng Keng
Senior Director (Sports)
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
Liew Wei Li (Madam)
Director (Student Development Curriculum Division)
Ministry of Education
Ho Hwei Ling (Ms)
Media Development Authority