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Singapore Sports History

Singapore’s sporting culture was thrust into the global spotlight at the 2016 Olympics, when Joseph Schooling’s stellar performance in the 100m butterfly scored the country’s first Olympic gold medal. But the sporting tradition in Singapore stretches back as far as the country’s history. In the early days of the colony, British and European arrivals introduced organised sports from their home countries. Sporting clubs sprung up, forming an important part of the social life of expats.

Sporting Clubs in Colonial Days
The first sport to really gain traction in Singapore was horse racing. The Singapore Sporting Club formed in 1842, building a racetrack and grandstand in what is now Farrer Park. The first race was held in February 1843. In the 1920s, the Club was renamed the Singapore Turf Club and moved to Bukit Timah in 1933.
Another of the early colonial clubs was the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC), dating back to 1852. The club still stands proudly today at its original location in the city’s Civic District, on the edge of the Padang. As well as cricket, members played rugby and football during the club’s early days, with tennis and squash becoming popular in the early to mid-1900s.
Sport also played an important part in the development of clubs, such as ANZA, the Swiss Club, Hollandse Club and British Club. Club matches became integral to Singapore’s social life, connecting communities and celebrating the heritage of immigrants’ home countries.
The Chinese, Indian, Malay and other Asian communities formed their own clubs, for example the Straits Chinese Recreation Club. Founded in 1885, it started with cricket, hockey and football, with tennis also becoming popular after the turn of the century. The club still exists today, now located at Balestier Plain and renamed the Singapore Chinese Recreation Club. Directly opposite the Singapore Cricket Club, the Singapore Recreation Club was formed by a group of Eurasians to give their own community opportunities and facilities for team sports, especially cricket. The Chinese Swimming Club, the Indian Association and the Ceylon Sports Club are other ethnic sports clubs formed in the early 20th century, that are still thriving today.
In those days, sports clubs were almost exclusively male. During the early days of the SCC, women who wanted to watch the club’s sporting matches were restricted to the club’s upstairs veranda. So, in 1884, the Ladies Lawn Tennis Association was set up by the wives of SCC members. The club ran until 1932. The Eurasian community also set up a club for female sports, the Goldburn Sports Club (later renamed the Girls’ Sports Club). Starting in 1929 with 12 members, it helped to introduce team sports like hockey and netball into Singapore.

ANZA Sports
ANZA has played a significant role in Singapore’s sporting history. The ANZA International Junior Soccer team began in 1976 and quickly became an established group – first meeting at UWC playing fields, then Portsdown Road fields. Netball began in 1991, playing at courts at Tanglin Trust school and UWC on Saturday mornings. Tennis has long been an ANZA pastime, with women’s social tennis starting in 1979 and continuing today. Clubs that are no longer running include Keep Fit classes and Hockey! We now have some 15 sports groups and ANZA Soccer has almost 1000 players.

National Sports Associations and Facilities
In the early part of the 20th century, the government began building public sports facilities, such as the Mount Emily Swimming Complex, Farrer Park Sports Complex and Yan Kit Swimming Complex.
Lee Kuan Yew drove the development of Singapore’s largest sports facility, the National Stadium. It opened in 1973. With technology including sound systems, and electronic scoreboards, it was celebrated as one of the most advanced sports facilities in South
East Asia.
The early 1900s also saw the birth of public sports associations in Singapore. Some of the earliest were the Singapore Rifle Association, Football Association of Singapore and the Singapore Rugby Union. Now, the most popular spectator sport in Singapore is football, while the 2015 Singapore Sports Participation Survey named running, cycling, swimming, badminton, football and basketball as the most popular participation sports.

Sports Development
To further the development and success of Singapore’s elite athletes, the Singapore Sports Institute runs high performance training for athletes nominated by their respective sports association. Some of their current athletes are basketballers, track and field athletes, bowlers, volleyballers, swimmers, netballers, badminton and squash players. The institute also invests in sports science, medicine and technology, with a number of grants for innovation in sports-related fields. For younger athletes, the selective-entry Singapore Sports School offers development programs for many sports, including badminton, bowling, fencing, football, netball, shooting, swimming, table tennis, and track and field.

Singapore has competed in most of the summer Olympic Games since its establishment as a separate Crown Colony in 1948. While gold medals remained elusive until the most recent Games, Singapore has scored several silver and bronze:
1960, silver, lightweight weightlifting, Tan Howe Liang.
2008, silver, women’s table tennis team, Li Jiawei, Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu.
2012, bronze, women’s table tennis individual, Feng Tianwei
2012, bronze, women’s table tennis team, Li Jiawei, Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu.
2016, gold, 100m men’s butterfly, Joseph Schooling
2018 saw Singapore’s entry into the Winter Olympics, with speed skater Cheyenne Goh competing in the short track speed skating.
Singapore has a strong record at the Commonwealth Games over the years, with medals in seven sports: Table tennis, shooting, badminton, weightlifting, gymnastics, swimming and boxing.

Check Out – Sports in Singapore

1.Henderson Waves & the Southern Ridges Walk
Henderson Rd, 159557
nparks.gov.sg
Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, connecting Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park. Standing 36 metres above Henderson Road, it has a striking wave-like structure. The best way to explore the bridge is by taking a hike as part of the Southern Ridges Walk, a five-kilometre hiking trail that takes you through three major parks: Kent Ridge Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Mount Faber Park.

2.The Karting Arena,
Bukit Timah
200 Turf Club Rd, #01-01B The Grandstand, 287994
thekartingarena.com
Race around the track at top speeds of 50km an hour in a fun go-karting session. Electric powered karts make for great acceleration and handling. Grab a First Timer package and for $40 you’ll get a mandatory Race License, one Fun Karting Session and two Simulator sessions. Drivers must be aged nine years or older and at least 140cm tall. No bookings required.

3.SuperPark Singapore
#02-477, Suntec City (North Wing), 3 Temasek Boulevard, Tower 1, 038989
superpark.com.sg
This gigantic indoor activity park, hailing from Finland, includes over 20 activities in a 40,000 sq ft, two-storey venue. Adults are encouraged to get involved in the fun and games. Try your hand at the skate park, soccer, street basketball, trampolining, pedal car track, flying fox and tube slide. Tickets start from $22 per session. It’s quieter during weekdays and after 6pm.

4.Singapore Wake Park (SWP)
1206A ECP, 449891
singaporewakepark.com
Singapore’s only cable-ski park is built in a pretty lagoon at East Coast Park, overlooking the sea and adjacent to the East Coast Lagoon hawkers, with its wafting aromas of satay and local dishes. SWP’s friendly instructors will take you from wobbly beginner to confident rider in just one session. There are three levels of cable – one full loop for the experienced riders and two straight-line runs for novice and intermediate riders. Kids love it, and they can have a go from age six.

5.Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA)
kallang River & Marina Channel
sdba.org.sg
If you’re interested in this ancient paddling sport, the SDBA offers a Dragon Boat Orientation Program (DOP) led by an experienced trainer and steer. Suitable for team bonding, social clubs or a group of friends it covers a safety briefing, 90 minutes of on water practise and a 15-minute race (if there are more than two boats out).

6.Singapore Sports Hub
Stadium Drive, Kallang
sportshub.com.sg
Singapore Sports Hub offers regular free sports programmes like Zumba, Yoga or Cardio Blast, as well as beach volleyball, hard courts (futsal, basketball and netball) lawn bowls, Splash & Surf, giant chess, a skate park, running & cycling paths, water sports and boat hire, and lap swimming at the OCBC Aquatic Centre. It’s also home to the Singapore Youth Olympic Museum, Singapore Sports Museum and Sports Hub Library, and Shimano Cycling World.

7.Climb Central
Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, #B1-01, 397628 & Novena Square, 238 Thomson Rd,
#03-23/25, 307683
climbcentral.sg
Walk in and climb anytime at these towering indoor rock-climbing walls. First timers get a safety briefing and equipment set rental (shoes, harness) for $32, but when you return it drops to $22 for an unlimited day pass. Get your own gear, and it becomes an affordable workout! There are guided programmes for adults and kids, so you can learn the ropes from the experts.

8.Archery Club of Singapore
Field along Hougang Ave 6, next to Block 542, 530542
archeryclubspore.com
The Archery Club of Singapore is open to anyone who wants to learn how to hit the bullseye using a bow and arrow. The Basic and Intermediate Archery course takes small groups of 8-10 archers through their paces. Three guided two hour sessions, costs $80 per person. There are lots of options to progress to competition levels for keen beans.

9.FaMA Fitness and Martial Arts
#02-03 Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Road, 179020
famafit.com
This martial arts studio offers over 110 classes a week in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Kids Martial Arts classes, catering to complete beginners, right up to seasoned competitors. There are also fitness classes, if you want to shake up your routine! The instructors are world class athletes and know their stuff.

Fresh Fitness Ideas

Row Revolution
rowrevolution.sg
9A Trengganu Street 058463
What is it: Row Revolution is the first studio in Singapore dedicated to indoor rowing. The hip studio is located in a converted shophouse above the tourist crowds in Chinatown, a short walk from Chinatown MRT station.
The experience: Jump on one of 12 state-of-the-art Concept 2 ergometer machines and try rowing in a small group setting. As well as learning the basics of body position, you’ll be taken through a 50-minute Dynamic Row session, which includes stretching, warm up, a main row, core exercises and a 1500 metre crew race down the Singapore River. The workout is set to music and lights to inspire power strokes and trainer David Han is on hand to provide guidance and encouragement. A more advanced Power Row class is also available, which emphasises technique and includes a five-minute benchmark test each session. After class, rowers are sent their class stats, which makes it easy to monitor your performance and progress.
Best for: Anyone looking to push themselves beyond the standard group workout. Rowing offers unbeatable cardio, kilojoule burn and a low impact, full body workout.
Classes: Mon-Thurs 7pm / Thurs 12.30pm / Sat 1pm (private classes available on request) Lockers, towels, water and showers provided.

Athlete Lab
singapore.athlete-lab.com
71 Amoy Street 069890
What is it: Athlete Lab is a unique indoor cycling experience, using real bikes (not spin bikes) with proper gears and groupsets to replicate the outdoor road biking experience.
The experience: The team at Athlete Lab will fit you onto their Adjustabikes, which are the kind used by pro riders and Olympic athletes. If you’re a newbie you’ll do a Functional Threshold Power (FTP) test to make sure you’re training at the right intensity. Then choose from five key cycling sessions ranging from 45 minutes to one hour. These vary in structure, from steady fitness rides to explosive power workouts. You can also watch accurate real-time data on big screens, including your power metrics, heart rate and cadence. These stats will automatically update to Strava or Trainingpeaks as soon as your ride is complete.
Best for: The Lab welcomes anyone interested in cycling for fitness, from beginners to elite athletes. Our ANZA Cyclists are regulars! Check it out with a free introductory ride.
Classes: Open 7 days a week. Morning, lunchtime and evening classes are available from 6am-7.30pm. Towels and shower facilities provided.

Move Academy Singapore
moveacademy.sg
43 Carpenter Street #02-01 059922
What is it: MOVE Academy Singapore offers parkour, mobility and strength classes for kids to adults (and even some spritely seniors!). Participants conquer everyday obstacles through jumping, climbing, vaulting, rolling, swinging, balancing, crawling and running.
The experience: This group class is led by experienced instructors who will take you through the basics of parkour in an outdoor setting, with an emphasis on safety and proper technique. Groups meet up in locations across Singapore – from Clarke Quay to Bishan, Dhoby Ghaut and Kallang. Expect to be leaping small walls, climbing on railings, jumping stairs, and more. You’ll be having tons of fun while working on strength, mobility, balance, and body control.
Best for: Anyone interested in a sport that combines the outdoors, with adventure and athleticism. Parkour is also a tight knit and friendly community, so it’s great if you’re looking for new friends.
Classes: Meet-ups happen 7 days a week in the morning, lunchtime and evening. There are lots of classes tailored for pre-schoolers, kids, adults and seniors. Some venues have shower facilities. Check the website for the weekly schedule and locations.

Aquaspin
aquaspin.sg
Various locations
What is it: Aquaspin is not your average water aerobics class. With submerged bikes in a swimming pool, it combines the principles of spinning with the soothing powers of water.
The experience: Bring swimwear and a water bottle and prepare to get wet and tone up. Each session provides a full body workout, incorporating a variety of positions to target specific parts of the legs, arms, and abs. There’s also a variety of speeds to boost strength and cardiovascular endurance. As well as delivering big on cardio and resistance training, it’s low impact as the water supports the joints. It’s splashy, fun, and fast paced, and some of the venues have spectacular views!
Best for: Anyone recovering from injury, or looking for a lower impact training option. It’s also a cooler option for outdoor exercise in this steamy city!
Classes: Sessions are run from Hotel Jen at Orchard Gateway, Swissôtel Merchant Court, Oakwood Premier Oue Shenton Way, Singapore Polo Club on Mount Pleasant Road, and Suntec City. Classes are held in the morning and evening and run from Monday-Saturday. They offer intro classes for newcomers.

Oakwood Apartments, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Five-night stay in a Two Bedroom room for two adults and two children, including breakfast.

VALUE SGD $1,080

Situated in District 3 within close proximity to the bustle of district 1, a traditional neighbourhood dotted with shops and eateries providing an authentic residential experience, Oakwood Apartments Ho Chi Minh City offers 68 fully furnished rooms.

Landmark destinations such as Tao Dan Park, Independence Palace and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica are within easy reach. Tan Son Nhat International Airport is located approximately 30 minutes away from the property.

T&Cs:

This voucher is valid for stays until 31 March 2020.

Prior reservation is required to redeem the voucher.

The voucher is not applicable for walk-ins

For reservations, please call +84-28-3929 6936 or email [email protected]

Details of the voucher are to be shared upon making the reservation.

Rooms are subject to availability at the time of reservation

This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and promotions.

Any requests to amend dates of stay are subject to availability

All applicable taxes are included. Other incidental charges will be at the expense of the bearer

The voucher is considered redeemed for any cancelled bookings / no-shows

The original voucher has to be presented upon check-in

This voucher is strictly non-exchangeable for cash or any other services at the property

The management reserves all rights to amend the terms and conditions of the voucher at their discretion without prior notice.

Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion, Vietnam

Three-night stay in a Deluxe Premium Room for two people, including breakfast.

VALUE SGD $1150

Located on 50 hectares of lakes and lush gardens at the foot of the Truong Son mountains we find Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion, where rest, relaxation and the healing qualities of Thanh Tan natural hot springs combine to form the holistic Alba lifestyle.

Set in beautifully landscaped gardens with ornamental lakes, red bridges and tranquil bamboo paths, the resort features 30 Deluxe Rooms and 26 Bungalows.  The well-equipped Bungalows evoke the rustic beauty of Vietnam’s countryside with cottage roofs, bamboo fences and small vegetable gardens.

Guests can embrace the ultimate wellness lifestyle at Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion, where wellbeing activities and resort experience interweave seamlessly to create a unique and exciting destination. Lounge by the fully serviced pool bar, revitalise with the ‘all-spa-inclusive’ services, or relax in the first Japanese Onsen baths in Vietnam.

T&Cs:

Booking confirmation depends on room availability

Black out dates: December 31 2019 to 1 January 2020 and Chinese New Year

Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions or special offers

Non-refundable and non cancellation

Bookings must be made at least 7 days before arrival via [email protected] or Hotline +84 234 3552 222 and confirm upon availability

Voucher valid 1 December 2019 to March 31 2020

Voucher includes the below:

Daily breakfast any time any where

Daily one 50-minute Reflexology treatment and one 30-minute Onsen journey per adult per night.

Daily Hot Springs bathing

Daily one time playing Zipline & Highwire per person

Complimentary airport transfer between resort and Phu Bai Airport as per schedule.

Complimentary shuttle bus between Resort and Hue City Centre as per schedule.

AZERAI LA RESIDENCE, HUE, VIETNAM

Four-night stay in a Superior Riverview room for two adults, including breakfast.

VALUE SGD $2,130

Set on a two and a half-hectare site with 200 metres of frontage on the fabled Perfume River, Azerai La Residence, Hue has 122 rooms and suites. The colonial mansion at the heart of the hotel was built in 1930 as part of the residence of the French Resident Supérieure. The mansion’s distinctive façade, its long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the streamline modern school of art deco architecture. Its two complementary wings, built in 2005, are contemporary in design yet echo elements of art deco aesthetics and embrace an expansive tropical garden and salt-water swimming pool.

T&Cs:

The voucher can only be used for settlement of the services mentioned

The original gift certificate must be presented for the service

The voucher is non-refundable and cannot be redeemed in cash

No voucher re-issuance in case of loss or damage

Advance reservation is recommended and is subject to availability

The voucher does not apply for special events

AZERAI RESORT, CAN THO, VIETNAM

Four-night stay in a Lake Double Room for two adults, including daily breakfast at the café.

VALUE SGD $2,190

Azerai Can Tho is a unique oasis of calm; a relaxing base from which to explore Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and the bustling waterside city of Can Tho, noted for its floating markets and authentic local lifestyles. Built on its own islet with lakes, waterways and mangroves, Azerai in Can Tho offers a unique island resort experience. Azerai Can Tho is a 30-minute drive from the Can Tho Airport located 12km from the heart of the city.

T&Cs:

Validity until April 1, 2020

This voucher is non-transferable

Black-out dates are April 18 to 21, 2019 and December 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Room availability is subject to confirmation

FUSION RESORT, PHU QUOC

Three-nights’ stay in a Pool Villa for two people, including breakfast

VALUE SGD $2550

If the all-inclusive spa menu isn’t enough to tempt you, the thatched private pool villas and exclusive ocean and river-front location should do the trick. Nestled in a private bay on a tranquil tropical island, Fusion Resort Phu Quoc blends originality, down-to-earth hospitality, and understated elegance for an experience like no other.

Featuring Fusion’s famous “all-spa inclusive” concept for non-stop body treatments, beauty treatments, and daily wellness activities such as yoga, meditation, and kayaking, along with the snooze-friendly “Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime” service, this wellness-inspired resort redefines the meaning of five-star luxury. Guests enjoy complimentary transfers, daily fun and games, a kids club, a beach bar, a pool-side diner, and two unique restaurants including a beach-front seafood grill, plus all of the support and local knowledge of the super-friendly Fusionistas – the brand’s less formal, more personal alternative to butlers.

 

T&Cs:

Voucher valid 1 December 2019 to 31 March 2020

Black out dates are 31 December 2019 to 1 January 2020 inclusive

Advance reservation is required.

FUSION MAIA, DANANG

Three-night stay in a Pool Villa for two people, including breakfast and spa treatments.

VALUE SGD $2755

Blending healthy living with understated luxury, Fusion Maia Da Nang is more than a resort – it’s a way of life, offering the ultimate in wellbeing indulgence to the weary traveller.  With a stunning beachfront location and a range of elegantly designed private pool villas, the resort is dedicated to the art of tranquillity and balance – the type of place to lose yourself and find yourself, all at the same time.

Ideal for couples, honeymooners, families or solo travellers, Fusion Maia Spa & Wellness offers a range of rejuvenating spa treatments and wellbeing classes as part of their ‘all-spa-inclusive’ service.  Named among the world’s best by Condé Nast Readers’ Awards 2018, and proud winner of AsiaSpa’s Spa of the Year for the Southeast Asia & Pacific region, the spa’s menu combines traditional Eastern and Western massage techniques, all-natural aromatherapy, and homemade scrubs and wraps made in-house.

T&Cs:

Voucher valid 1 November 2019 to 20th November 2020

Black out dates are 20 December 2019 to 5 January 2020 inclusive / 30 April – 5 May 2020 / 1 July – 5 October 2020.

Booking is confirmed subject to availability, Voucher is non transferable and not sellable.

Internationalism at AIS

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Transitioning to a new school and a new country is an exciting adventure. Immersing your children in an international community is an incredible opportunity for them to view the world through different lenses, appreciate diverse cultures and to have great respect and appreciation for all.

As an International Baccalaureate® World School, AIS live the united mission to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Our students have are encouraged to learn from each other in a collaborative and inquiry-based setting where Respect is one of our key values. The effects of ‘internationalism’ should be embraced, your child will flourish by being stretched and challenged by different ways of thinking, living and doing.

To help children get settled in diversified communities, it is important to thoroughly research your impending international move. To best prepare children and yourselves, gather as much information as possible and include your children in this fact-finding mission. Find out about your schooling options and what schools can offer you both prior to your commencement and whilst being a part of the school community. Ask about the school’s population and their nationality data. Discovering which nationalities construct your chosen school can help you to absorb those cultures before you arrive by reading books, watching documentaries, listening to other languages and finding out about their beliefs and cultures.

We have many structures in place to support new and existing families. Our Parents Association (AISPA) are available from the moment you arrive, a Parent Country Ambassador volunteer from your home country can help you with your transition and each class has a ‘Friend of AISPA’ who act as the support network for your child’s class. Students are also supported by the red-ribbon and buddy system for new students that are in-place across the school, and our school counsellors check-in with new students within their first few weeks. Our highly skilled welfare teams are also available across the school. Should Elementary and Secondary students require assistance with adjusting to a new school system or identify language barriers, our Learning Enrichment and English as Additional Language teams are on hand to help students with academic support.

AIS is an inclusive learning environment, we embrace and celebrate diversity and build relationships within our community based on mutual respect, trust, acceptance and care. All students, regardless of nationality, are language learners in the early years and we help develop their skills through play and social engagement. At AIS, we believe that students whose first language is not English are an asset in our school as they bring unique gifts, skills and culture.

Our Early Years programme is complete immersion in English language, so children coming into our Early Learning Village are at a significant advantage when learning a new language. All students in our Early Years programmes (18 months – 4 years) are encompassed in a language rich environment where native English speakers can learn from student’s whose Mother Tongue is not English, and all learners have the right to participate fully in their school environment regardless of any language barriers. Students also have access to single subjects where English language is not the focus of the curriculum which allows students to be successful in other areas such as physical education, art, music and Mandarin.

Kelly Sommerville, Head of Inclusion, AIS

Speak to the friendly Admissions team at AIS to learn more about the school.