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Future sports facilities to be made more resilient to disease outbreaks: Grace Fu

SINGAPORE — Future sports facilities in Singapore will be designed and built differently from what the country has now, so as to make them more resilient to disease outbreaks.

Future sports facilities to be made more resilient to disease outbreaks: Grace Fu

An artist’s impression of the Punggol Regional Sport Centre, which will boast a 5,000-seater football stadium, a swimming complex with five pools and an indoor sports hall with 20 badminton courts, among other facilities.

SINGAPORE — Future sports facilities in Singapore will be designed and built differently from what the country has now, so as to make them more resilient to disease outbreaks.

For instance, changing and shower rooms could be compartmentalised to prevent the spread of any virus.

Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, said this on Monday (June 22) at a media briefing as she spoke about how, with the lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore will build facilities that are safer for athletes.

She also gave details on how the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and Sport Singapore (SportSG) are helping the sports sector through a S$23 million support package.

The package includes:

  • The S$3 million Enterprise Innovation & Capability Grant, which helps sports businesses adopt digital solutions and deepen their digital capabilities. For instance, instructors can receive training on how to bring their lessons online.

  • The Active Enabler Programme by GetActive! Singapore, which will see SportSG supporting ground-up proposals for digital content and virtual activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. SportSG has so far approved more than 200 applications and has committed S$2 million in grants.

  • The creation of more than 900 temporary jobs for sports professionals whose livelihoods have been affected by Covid-19.

  • Commissioning of coaches and instructors to provide services and create content that can be hosted online. SportSG will be supplementing their income, while also expanding their reach to audiences through SportSG’s digital platforms.

  • More than 400 capability development courses for coaches, instructors and others in the sports sector to improve their knowledge and skills will be offered by the end of the year. Registered coaches who need financial assistance to attend these courses may tap the Coach Development Grant, with subsidies of up to 75 per cent.

Aside from the support measures, the Government will also continue to invest in sports programmes and infrastructure under the Sports Facilities Master Plan.

These include the Punggol Regional Sport Centre which will boast a 5,000-seater football stadium, a swimming complex with five pools and an indoor sports hall with 20 badminton courts, among other facilities.

SURGE IN BOOKINGS AT ACTIVESG FACILITIES

Ms Fu said that on the first three days of Phase Two of Singapore’s reopening — where most sports facilities can resume operations — there had been 20,000 online bookings at ActiveSG swimming complexes, gyms and badminton courts.

With the surge in bookings, Ms Fu asked users to be considerate to “give everyone a chance”.

“We are suggesting to Singaporeans that if they can, make use of the public park that is near them,” she said.

“We (may) like to (exercise at sports facilities) five times a week, but if you can just do it once a week, more people will have a chance to do so.”

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