SINGAPORE - The Republic will welcome some of the world's top sports coaches after it was on Tuesday (Oct 26) named host of the next International Council of Coaching Excellence Global Coach Conference (GCC).
The biennial event will take place in 2023.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong made the announcement in his opening address at the annual CoachSG Conference at the Sport Singapore Auditorium at the Sports Hub.
Calling the biennial GCC "the most prestigious coaching conference in the world", Mr Tong added: "This is indeed a great honour and privilege, and a significant milestone for CoachSG - an organisation that is only five years young.
"I sincerely thank (the International Council of Coaching Excellence) for selecting Singapore as the host city for the 2023 edition of the GCC.
"This is a rare and very much-cherished opportunity, and the coaching community is assured that we will once again put our best foot forward and demonstrate our value and contributions to the sports and coaching sector."
The GCC is described as an event which brings coaches, coach educators, researchers, sport scientists, technical directors and sport administrators together to address issues in coaching, and where the world's top experts share their experiences.
The 13th edition of the GCC will be held from Nov 17-21 in Lisbon. It was first held in 1997 in Israel, and only two other Asian cities have been hosts - Beijing (2007) and Tokyo (2019).
Mr Tong said being awarded the rights to the GCC was a feather in the cap for CoachSG, which has enjoyed a "rise in global recognition and prominence of (its) work" in recent years, as evidenced by its invitations to present at various international conferences and symposiums.
CoachSG was launched in 2017 as an academy for coaches of all levels, with aims to enhance and support the development of professional capabilities and standards in coaching in Singapore.
Mr Tong also lauded the organisation for embarking on efforts to help the coaching industry adapt to the rapid digitalisation in the sector that has been accelerated because of the pandemic.
One of these is an online resource called the SportSG-ED portal - also unveiled on Tuesday - which serves as a platform for coaches, athletes and sport administrators to learn anytime, anywhere, on the go and on any smart device.
"Apart from delivering sport-related learning content, the portal doubles up as a digital community of learning, making it easy for the 5,000-over sport professionals to exchange ideas and knowledge on the platform," said Mr Tong.
He also shared that CoachSG's efforts have contributed to raising the "number, standards and professionalism of our coaches", noting that there are more than 6,200 coaches registered under the National Registry of Coaches, with the figure more than three times what it was in 2017.
The CoachSG conference runs for three days.