Part 2 : Serving our community
In part two of the series, here are a number of initiatives that took place and some which we had to postpone given the circumstances. We also give you an update on our administration as well as our “Home of Squash” Kallang Squash Centre.
The Community Programme was launched in April with the aim to enable more children in Singapore to experience squash. Organised in collaboration with the People’s Association, the programme is the first of its kind for us.
In line with enabling more children to experience squash, we have kept the fees affordable and in each phase of the programme, the fees for kids under the Ministry Of Education’s Financial Assistance Scheme are heavily subsidised. Kids under the scheme will also be provided with Karakal squash equipment, generously sponsored by Ever Triumph, Singapore Squash’s long-time supporter.
The first phase of the programme, Mini Squash, was due to take place over the month of July, with a Squash Tryouts session planned in end-May as a feeder event. Aimed as an introductory to squash for parents and their children to try the sport, the Squash Tryouts were very well received as all the slots were filled within two weeks of announcement.
Regrettably, the Squash Tryouts sessions had to be cancelled due the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measures. But we are still hopeful for the Mini Squash sessions to go ahead, and we will let you know as soon as we have the replacement dates.
Primary School Outreach
We have launched the programme to introduce squash as part of their post-examination and upcoming 2022 Co-curricular Activity (CCA) programme. Slated to take place around October after the year-end examinations, we have so far, been able to sign up CHIJ Katong Primary School.
As part of the initiative, Singapore Squash would be providing the coaches and sourcing of the courts. Unfortunately, the current situation also meant we have had to pause the outreach to other schools.
Bond with your child playing squash
A first-time initiative, Singapore Squash introduced “Bond with your child playing squash!” over the March school holidays. As the name suggests, it is aimed to bring the parent-child bond closer through learning how to play squash.
The programme, which was free of charge, was well received, judging from the testimonials of the participants.
“A great opportunity for my son to try out this fab game and for me to rediscover it after so many years off the court. The plan now is very much to get us both onto the court on a regular basis. I’d thoroughly encourage other parents to get their kids involved too,” said Scott, who participated with his son Aiden.
Right after the session ended, Aiden asked, “When is the next session?”
For Elin, who was one of our participants at the Tech Mahindra SGSquash Novice Tournament, she attended the session with her nephew Damien. She said, “My nephew hardly goes out to play outdoor sports, (so) I thought it would be encouraging to bring him out to try squash!”
Singapore Squash office grows
Alex Wan joined Singapore Squash in July to fill the position of Public Relations and Events Manager. In addition to his role, he will also supplement our General Manager Benson Seow in general office administration matters. While Alex has only joined us for a month now, he has been working with us as a consultant for over seven years.
Alex is a key member of the world squash media, having served in many Professional Squash Association (PSA) events globally for nearly 20 years and continues to do so. He is also a key member and Asia’s representative of the World Squash Association (WSF) Communications Commission.
We are still seeking a Communications and Admin Executive to complete our team. If you have a passion for our sport and fit our requirements, we’d love to hear from you. Please visit our Career Opportunities page.
Kallang Squash Centre
It has been a while since we have given you news about the Kallang Squash Centre. The reality is while we are still hopeful to remain in Kallang within the Kallang Alive! project, we are still uncertain about it.
Between January 2020 and May this year, the Management Committee of SSRA has been in various discussions with top management of the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). We have even taken the liberty to submit a multi-storey National Squash Centre plan to show how little space we would need, for the authorities to consider including us as part of the Kallang Alive! project.
Fund raising initiatives
When we first found out that Kallang Squash Centre would be torn down, we initiated several fundraising activities, amongst them the Squash Ball, to raise funds for an interim squash centre and other activities, some of which have already been kick-started.
Through your generosity and efforts, we are pleased to share that we have raised a total of $2.4m – half through our activities and the other half, matched by the government through two rounds of One Team Singapore Fund (OTSF) and the Bicentennial Community Fund (BCF).
We would like to thank and applaud you for making this possible. Singapore Squash is now in a much stronger financial position to execute our plans to promote, support and advance the sport of squash in Singapore.
As we welcome news of the easing of Safety Management Measures and squash courts reopening, let us all remain vigilant and hope we will be seeing each other very soon at our events.