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School fields for public use

Source: www.mcys.gov.sg

 

Some 50 school fields all over the island will be available for public use under a scheme to maximise the use of sports facilities in Singapore.
The fields, which come with toilet and changing facilities, will be available for booking in phases. The list of school fields is being finalised and will be made available on the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) website, www.ssc.gov.sg from 1 April 2005.
MOE Schools currently have informal arrangements to allow recognised community groups to use their facilities for official events.
In 2003, MOE and SSC started a pilot project to manage seven school fields[1] for public booking. The feedback from the school management and the public was positive.
The success of this pilot and the fact that some school have informal arrangements for community use prompted the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) to open up more school fields for public booking.
Schools will continue to have the use of their fields during curriculum hours, and where required, on Saturday mornings too. Members of the public can book the fields for a small fee; full soccer-sized fields can be booked for $50 per two-hour slots while smaller-sized soccer fields can be booked for $25 per two-hour slots. Such bookings can be done online through the SSC for non-curriculum hours and on weekends.
The fields can be used for a wide range of organised sporting and recreational activities including football, rugby, telematch and even line-dancing.
Free-play grant to develop state land
From 1 April 2005, grassroots organisations (GROs) may apply for a free-play grant to develop unused State Land in their constituencies into playing fields.
The Government will provide a one-for-one matching grant which will be administered by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC). The grant will be managed by the SSC over three years and $2 million has been set aside for this.
There are more than 150 State-Land sites across the island which are available for community and recreational activities. The list of sites opened for community use by Singapore Land Authority (SLA) was released in 2004. Use of these sites is on a ''first-come-first-served'' basis and there is no booking required.
GROs may apply for the Free-Play Grant funding through the SSC to develop the fields. These fields might be levelled to remove `ankle-traps', debris and potholes to make it safer for the public to play on. Fences could also be erected along the sides if the fields are located next to vehicular traffic.
With a better developed or 'enhanced' field, these plots of land can then be used for sports or leisure activities such as soccer, baseball, ultimate Frisbee, and other recreational purposes including taichi. Such activities can also revitalise the 'kampung soccer' spirit of the past.
Details of the Free-Play Grant and the sites will be posted on the SSC website, www.ssc.gov.sg on 1 April 2005.

Source: Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports Press Release 11 Mar 2005

[1] The six schools are Dunearn, Serangoon, Bedok North, Sembawang & Sengkang Secondary Schools, and Meridian Junior College. Bedok View Secondary is undergoing PRIME upgrading.

 

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