Despite its size, Singapore provides plenty of opportunities to participate in a wide range of sporting, fitness and recreational activities, and there are facilities all over the country to enable you to take part in just about any kind of activity you’re interested in.
Sporting activities and facilities are well supported by the government and local authorities, and cross-cultural, multi-generational sporting clubs and associations are greatly encouraged. The country works hard both at spotting and developing local sporting talent, with the aim of turning them into champions of the future, as well as encouraging a physically active lifestyle for the majority of the population who aren’t athletes but who simply enjoying taking part in physical activities. The Singapore Sports Council offers many Learn-To-Play schemes for children and adults, and provides sports-friendly infrastructure across the island, working in partnership with other government agencies and the private sector.
There are around 25 swimming centers, 15 track and field stadiums, 17 sports centres for basketball, badminton and netball, 10 tennis centers, 16 gyms, 4 squash centers and 5 football centers in Singapore that the public can use either on a casual basis or through memberships schemes, most with online booking. These government-run facilities have all received significant investment in recent years and are of higher standard than you might expect to find in municipal facilities in other parts of the world, with several also having childcare available onsite. In addition, there are significant numbers of privately-run facilities as well.
Water sports are also very popular in Singapore, with the East Coast area in particular offering sailing, kayaking and water skiing centers, as well as plenty of open spaces.
Expatriate community clubs in Singapore also have their own sporting facilitates and teams, and are a great way to join in with the local community and to keep fit at the same. Additionally, most condominium complexes will also have a range of amenities on site, many boasting pools, gyms, tennis courts and other facilities to exercise and keep fit.
Singapore hosts a number of major sporting events and occasions each year, including the Singapore Marathon and Singapore Triathlon, and major professional golf and badminton tournaments also take place in the city, while the Singapore Slingers, who play in the ASEAN Basketball League, have their home court at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Football is also extremely popular, although Singaporeans tend to be more interested in the English Premier League than the homegrown S-League—you’re far more likely to see kids wearing a Manchester United shirt rather than the kit of one of the 12 local clubs. Singapore also hosts a Formula 1 Grand Prix each year, the only night race in the calendar.