Singapore Sports Council visits AS-C
By Daniel Muñoz Pozo
Head of Communications
CEO of the Singapore Sports Council, Mr Oon Jin Teik, visited Sanchez-Casal’s Barcelona grounds with his staff on the 13th of October to understand what makes S-C the best tennis academy in Europe. Singapore will be hosting the world’s inaugural Youth Olympic games next year. We caught up with Mr Oon to find out more about the Youth Olympics, and the larger picture of sports development in Singapore.
Q: What is Singapore aiming to achieve as it hosts the world’s first Youth Olympic games next August 2010?“
A: There are two important things essential to the games for us. One is obviously to have good success, and the second is to create a lasting sports culture and education legacy for Singapore through enhancing and elevating our country’s sporting culture.
Q: The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) has made great strides in transforming the way Singaporeans view and participate in sports. Can you tell us why the emphasis on a sporting culture?
A: Sports has a very critical role to play in how we expand further as a country, from bringing in sports tourism, and also in terms of using it as a vehicle to bring our people together. Our vision is to create a sporting Singapore where Sports is a way of life. Our aim at the SSC is to develop sports champions, and to create enjoyable sporting experiences for all.
Q: Could you tell us more about the developments ahead for sports in Singapore?
A: We’ve been encouraging a lot of high participation for sports, through building regional stadiums and mass participation facilities, and also “Sports for Life” programmes. We believe that in doing business in any sports venue, you really need to go down deeper into it. Building a sporting infrastructure and developing a sports industry is our overall strategy.
Q: What do you think of Sanchez-Casal Academy’s strategy of using tennis and education as the vehicle for personal development for our athletes?
A: We like this point of view. Being in an environment where the player is given the opportunity to be both a good athlete and a good student, with quality coaches is fantastic. The system at Sanchez-Casal, how they run the business, how they manage the sport, is very important because educating and imparting values to their athletes, is part of their system.”
We’d also like to welcome Sarah Pang—a player from Singapore who has been training with us since September. Sarah graduated from college with honours in English Literature and worked to save up for a year to join us at Sanchez-Casal. Her determination, dedication and love for tennis is certainly a good example for our athletes.