Sports Hub Community Play Day to allow public to use National Stadium pitch

Fitbit trainers conducting the zumba dance workout at the Singapore Sports Hub’s community Play Day on June 11, 2016.
Fitbit trainers conducting the zumba dance workout at the Singapore Sports Hub’s community Play Day on June 11, 2016. ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

SINGAPORE - The public will get a rare opportunity to use the National Stadium pitch when its doors are opened for the Sports Hub Community Play Day on Sept 17.

The event boasts a myriad of sporting activities catered for all ages, free of charge.

After the first Community Play Day attracted around 10,000 participants to the OCBC Square in June this year, this second edition hopes to have a turnout of more than 16,000 people in the National Stadium.

Said Singapore Sports Hub chief operating officer Oon Jin Teik: "The project has a entertainment lifestyle and sport aspect for everyone... We have integrated larger programmes so people come together and feel a festival kind of atmosphere.

"The national stadium is typically reserved for big events like football matches or concerts. The opportunity for Singaporeans to come into this stadium can be limited, so holding events like this opens it up for the public."

One of the activities to look out for is the Experience Sports Zumba, which hopes to record the largest Zumba crowd in Singapore. The event has already received almost 2,500 sign-ups.

There is also a Sports Hub Community Fun Stepper, which hopes to notch a million steps during the event. Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin will kick-start the event at 9am.

Other activities include a Family Fun Zone with inflatables and bouncy castles, sports clinics and tryouts for speedminton, netball, frisbee, dodgeball and basketball.

Traditional games such as Chapteh and Gasing will also be available to evoke nostalgia for the kampung days. There will even be a flea market with stalls selling clothes and designer watches.

Several national footballers, together with Lions caretaker coach V. Sundramoorthy, will be there to meet and greet members of the public.

Basketball team the Singapore Slingers will be training on a court set up on the stadium's pitch.

Organisers hope to hold Community Play Days in every quarter of the year, with different themes such as a water-themed event utilising the OCBC Aquatic Centre, the Kallang Basin and the Splash N Surf.