SINGAPOREANS & PERMANENT RESIDENTS PAY THE SAME TO ENJOY SPORTS FACILITIES

Foreigners to pay more to book public sports facilities

SINGAPORE — Foreigners will have to pay more to book public sports facilities here, under a new fee structure by Sports Singapore.

First to come under the new structure is the Singapore Sports Hub, which posted its rates for the use of its facilities on its website today (Aug 14). Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs) will pay S$8 an hour during peak hours for the use of badminton facilities at the OCBC Arena, compared to foreigners who will have to pay S$13 an hour. To play basketball at the arena during peak hours, Singaporeans and PRs will pay S$40 for an hour while foreigners will pay S$52. The new rates will be implemented on Aug 18, following more than a month of free play in celebration of National Day.

For the rest of Sports Singapore’s facilities, Singaporeans and PRs will continue to pay the prevailing rates, while new fees for foreigners will be introduced early next year, with details to be released then.

Announcing the changes in a statement today, Mr Lim Teck Yin, chief executive officer of Sport Singapore, said: “This move signals our commitment to provide sporting opportunities and programmes that are affordable and easily accessible to all.”

The new fee structure was benchmarked against other government-subsidised efforts to ensure that the sports facilities remained affordable to everyone, he added.

Sports Singapore — previously known as the Singapore Sports Council — also said that ActiveSG, the national movement to promote sports launched in April, has attracted close to 500,000 members since then. Gym and pool visitorship has also risen by an estimated 20 per cent, following the introduction of creative concepts such as outdoor poolside gyms.

More than 60 per cent of ActiveSG members, who receive 100 ActiveSG dollars upon signing up, have gone on to use their credits, they added.

To check the rates of various facilities at the Sports Hub, go to http://www.sportshub.com.sg/venues/Pages/Home.aspx and select individual venues to find out more.

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