Parliament: Five more ActiveSG academies and clubs to launch this year

ActiveSG Football Academy participants training at the Kallang Cricket Field.
ActiveSG Football Academy participants training at the Kallang Cricket Field. PHOTO: SPORT SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans looking to get active through sports will be able to do so through new programmes and infrastructure that will be rolled out this year.

Sport Singapore is launching five more ActiveSG academies and clubs this year in badminton, frisbee, floorball, hockey and martial arts.

These academies and clubs will provide structured programming for locals to learn, develop skills in the sports and continue to engage in them.

The academies and clubs under ActiveSG, the national movement for sports, will add to the existing ones in basketball, football and tennis set up last year. An Outdoor Adventure Club was also launched in January this year.

An Active Masters Programme will also be initiated for adults aged 40 and above.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu unveiled the plans on Thursday (March 9) during the debate on her ministry's budget.

Ms Fu also announced plans to allocate $50 million to 20 new Sports-In-Precinct (SIP) projects, as part of continued efforts to give residents more convenient access to sporting facilities.

The expansion of the programme across the island is targeted for completion by 2020.

The SIP initiative started in 2014 under the Sports Facilities Master Plan. The new projects will now include precincts which were not eligible under the HDB's Neighbourhood Renewal Programme.

The first phase of the first SIP project in Boon Lay was completed in January, with a second phase to be completed next year. Projects in Jurong Spring and Taman Jurong are in the pipeline.

Priority will be given to constituencies that have an available and suitable site, but factors such as existing or future sports facilities will also be considered. SportSG will work with local community leaders, as well as town councils to decide what facilities would have the most utility to the area's residents.