Families can enjoy a fun-filled Play Day at the Singapore Sports Hub on Saturday

There will be plenty of activities for families at Play Day, which will be held at the Singapore Sports Hub on Saturday (June 11).
There will be plenty of activities for families at Play Day, which will be held at the Singapore Sports Hub on Saturday (June 11). ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

SINGAPORE - From sports like basketball and beach volleyball to zumba, kickboxing and chapteh kicking, there will be plenty of activities for families to enjoy at the Singapore Sports Hub tomorrow (June 11).

About 10,000 people are expected to turn up at the 35-hectare Kallang facility for Play Day, an inaugural community event the Sports Hub is organising.

From 9am to 6pm, the Hub will be transformed into a carnival of over 30 activities, which are held across 11 venues in the facility, centering around the OCBC Square.

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

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

Fitbit, an American producer of tracking devices that monitor a person's activities, 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 catered for those who do not want to break a sweat.

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

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

Cycling enthusiasts can also join a guided tour to explore the interactive cycling 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 and suits their interests.

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

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

Krishnan, 43, said: "At one time, 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 the elite athletes.

"We can't be having 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."

He hopes that through the event, more people will utilise the facilities and space available at the Sports 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."

To find out more information about the event, visit www.sportshub.com.sg/community/Pages/CommunityPlayDay.aspx