Sports Hub 'can play a bigger role'

Mr Edwin Tong (far left), Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, playing football when he was an undergraduate. As a student-athlete, he had aspired to play on the hallowed turf of the old National Stadium. Now, he wants the younger generation to
Mr Edwin Tong (far left), Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, playing football when he was an undergraduate. As a student-athlete, he had aspired to play on the hallowed turf of the old National Stadium. Now, he wants the younger generation to build a similar connection with the Sports Hub.PHOTO: COURTESY OF EDWIN TONG

As a schoolboy footballer at St Joseph's Institution, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong remembers aiming to reach the National inter-school football final so that he and his team could play at the National Stadium.

"When I was growing up and I remember the experience as to why it's so important, it's seen as a reward for making the Under-14, Under-16 finals," said the 51-year-old, who wants the younger generation to build a similar connection with the Sports Hub.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2020, with the headline 'Sports Hub 'can play a bigger role''. Print Edition | Subscribe