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National school sports events, more community activities planned for Sports Hub after takeover: SportSG

SINGAPORE – Sport Singapore (SportSG), the government agency slated to take over management of the Singapore Sports Hub on December 9, has unveiled plans to bring the National School Games back to the National Stadium, transform the hub at Kallang into a “house for school sports” and organize regular open days for the community.

SportSG Managing Director Lim Teck Yin said on Friday June 10: “This is an exciting development that we can all look forward to.

“With this decision, we intend to generate stronger social, sporting and economic outcomes for Singaporeans to maximize the potential of the precinct and play a greater role in the development of our local ecosystem of the sports and lifestyle industry.”

The plans were part of a press conference to announce the end of the public-private partnership with consortium SportsHub Pte Ltd 13 years in advance.

Mr Lim said that by taking over the Singapore Sports Hub, SportSG will have greater autonomy to generate “stronger affinity and value for Singaporeans” and create synergy with other facilities and projects in the region. of Kallang.

Efforts to rejuvenate the area – dubbed Kallang Alive – were first announced in 2019 and include a green community space called Benaan Kapal Green, a youth center, a Kallang football center, an integrated development of the theater of Kallang and a Kallang Tennis Center.

Kallang Football Hub is expected to be completed this year, while Kallang Tennis Center will be completed in 2023. The Kallang Alive project was expected to be completed by 2025.

Noting that Singapore is also a candidate for the World Athletics Championships, Mr Lim said such synergy in the compound would help greatly if the opportunity to host arises.

For example, he could rope himself up in nearby facilities for large-scale events.

“The business opportunities of this synergy need to be exploited to be able to make the event affordable and commercially viable…we will have this complete flexibility to be able to operate across the full spectrum of logistics, food and beverage concessions and margins.” Activities.”

Such events will create a development of “community play”, he added.

Citing a large-scale tennis event such as an ATP Masters 1000 event, for example, Lim said it will create a “strong accumulation (…) of youth tennis, regional tennis competitions, club tennis as well as a high level of professional competition as the event comes to town”.

He also said the takeover will allow “enhanced programming as well as improved (hosted) events.”

There will also be “gateway programs leading to pipeline and elite programs for Team Singapore”, he added.

“When I talk about pathway programs for children and young people, I am really referring to the many academies and clubs that we run, who will be able to see many of their programs and development centers take root here as well.

“Furthermore, we have a very strong track record in programming and developing sports interest groups, whether it’s badminton, tennis, table tennis interest groups, which will feature also here.”