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A Sports School In Singapore -NICE TO HAVE or NEED TO HAVE - Mentors : Mr Yap Meen Sheng Professor Tan Tai Yong (external mentor) Project Team Members Kevin Kow Benedict Heng Leong Hin Chong Yip Yang Acknowledgements We would like to thank the following people

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a sports school in singapore nice to have or need to have

A Sports School In Singapore-NICE TO HAVE or NEED TO HAVE-

Mentors :Mr Yap Meen Sheng

Professor Tan Tai Yong (external mentor)

Project Team Members

Kevin Kow

Benedict Heng

Leong Hin Chong

Yip Yang

acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
  • We would like to thank the following people
  • Mr Yap Meen Sheng and Professor Tan Tai Yong, our mentors for their advice and guidance
  • Mrs Kow, for helping to photocopy the survey questionnaires. I am still indebted to her for $150/- in respect of photocopying and stationary costs.
  • Mr. Patrick Hogan, GM of SSC for allowing us to conduct survey at the Singapore Swimming Club
  • And all the respondents who had taken part in the survey.
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II Abstract

This study is to obtain new knowledge by getting Singaporeans to think more deeply on whether a Sports School would be nice for Singapore vis-a-vis there is a need for Singapore to have a Sports School. This thinking is in line with the recommendation for change in social, political and cultural policies contained in a 100-page report recently submitted by the Chairman of the Remaking Singapore Committee Mr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of State for National Development.

literature review
Literature Review

Singapore reviewing athlete imports programme

In the article, Agence France Presse, December 14, 2003 Singapore, it was reported that Singapore’s performance in international sports has been boosted by foreign-born players but the city-state is now reviewing its programme of importing athletes to augment the local talent pool.

  With full boarding facilities, the Sports School hopes to strike a fine balance between academics and sports, breeding a new generation of athletes who will reduce Singapore’s need to bring in outsiders.

Sports today

In the article, Physical Education, December 23, 2003, it was reported that the sports school is the government’s latest strategy for becoming a regional athletic power.

Singapore’s version of the school is modeled after the Australian Institute of Sports in Canberra and sports schools in Thailand, Malaysia and New Zealand, said Gerard Wong, a spokesman for the Singapore Sports School.

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Literature Review

A bid at mindset change in strait-laced Singapore

 In the New Straits Times, Malaysia August 2, 2003 by Yusuan Ahmad, it was reported that Singapore is trying to introduce a mindset change with a different set of values.

Singapore wants its young to take a sporting chance

In the Asia Times, July 11, 2001, Adaline Lau reported that Singapore aims to be among the top 10 sporting nations in Asia by 2010.

In the article, it was reported that Dr Ben Tan says it is difficult to find Singaporeans willing to make sacrifices in the name of sports – and consider it a “proper” career.

Accomplished swimmer and now managing director of Aquatic Performance Swim School, Ang Peng Siong, also says that most parents would think twice about wanting their children who are sports-inclined to aim for the Olympics.

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Literature Review

Dreams on the starting blocks

In the Far Eastern Economic Review, December 11, 2003 by Trish Saywell, it was reported that the sports school is the brainchild of a government panel set up in September 2000 to find ways to develop young athletes and the sports industry in Singapore.

China has hundreds of sports schools, Thailand has 13 and Malaysia has 2. To fast-track its most promising young athletes, Singapore has recruited foreign coaches for its only sports school and hopes in the next four years Singapore will start reaping the rewards

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III. HYPOTHESES

Hypothesis 1 Parents play a pivotal role in deciding whether to send their children to the Sports School.

Hypothesis 2 Pursuit of academic excellence and sports excellence simultaneously is feasible in the mainstream schools.

Hypothesis 3 A change in mindset of Singaporeans is the most important ingredient needed for the Sports School to achieve its objectives over the long-term.

Hypothesis 4 The Sports School is a good nation building tool.

Hypothesis 5 The sports school can bring about a more competitive and dynamic sports environment in Singapore.

Hypothesis 6 A small population base is not necessarily a hindrance for Singapore to become a top sporting nation.

Hypothesis 7 The Sports School will reduce Singapore’s need to import athletes to augment the local talent pool.

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Methodology

(a) Instrumentation

To achieve the research objectives, we employed 2 types of survey questionnaires - student questionnaire(Yellow) and parents questionnaire(Green).

(i) Student Questionnaire

Questions in the survey questionnaire were structured for easy completion and would only take a few minutes of the students’ time. It consists of 16 questions on a 3-point Likert scale(Disagree,Not Sure, Agree) and one personal response question.

Respondents were assured that their responses would be treated in the strictest confidence and under no circumstances would individual survey responses be disclosed. A copy of the Student Questionnaire is attached herewith as Appendix I

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Methodology

(ii) Parents Questionnaire

This survey form consists of 49 questions on a 5 – point Likert scale(Strongly disagree,disagree,Neutral,Agree, Strongly Agree)

Respondents in this survey were also assured that their responses would be treated in the strictest confidence and under no circumstances would individual survey responses be disclosed. A copy of the Parents Questionnaire is attached herewith as Appendix II

To ensure that our survey questionnaires were easy to understand, we carried out a pilot survey with 2 sports coaches-one was from the Chinese Swimming Club and the other was from the Singapore Swimming Club.

methodology
Methodology

(b) Data collection Procedure

The survey was conducted during the month of June. To ensure a fair survey , haphazard sampling, which was considered an acceptable alternative to random selection, was chosen .The following places and sports were surveyed:-

Places

  • Singapore Swimming Club
  • Chinese Swimming Club

Sports

  • Swimming
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Taekwondo
  • Cross-country
c handling of survey forms
(c)Handling of Survey Forms

After we got back our survey forms, we discarded survey forms which were not properly filled or were incomplete.

The remaining survey forms were numbered for reference purposes.

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Hypothesis 1 Parents play a pivotal role in deciding whether to send their children to the Sports School.Parents encourage sports but they will not compromise their children’s studies. Parents place high hopes on their children’s studies but not on sports. Parents feel that the normal route for Singaporeans is to go to the university and get a good career as they are not sure what kind of career their children will have if they go into sports.Students feel that their parents know best when selecting a secondary school

Results: Discussion and Implications

Q2. I encourage my child to excel in sports.

Q4 I expect my child to do well in studies.

Q7. I will ask my child to drop sport if he is not performing well academically

Q8. The normal route for Singaporeans is to go to university and get a good career.

Q9. I am not sure what kind of career my child will have if he/she goes into sports.

SQ5. My parents know best when selecting a secondary school for me

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Results: Discussion and Implications

Hypothesis 2 Pursuit of academic excellence and sports excellence simultaneously is feasible in the mainstream schools.

Parents place more importance on studies and they believe that pursuit of both sports and studies in mainstream schools are feasible.However, they are not sure whether their own children are able to balance both sports and studies at the sports school.

Q11. Studies are more important than sports.

Q12. It is possible to excel in both studies and sports in mainstream schools.

Q14. My child will be able to strike a balance between sports and studies at the sports

school.

Q16. There are mainstream schools which are able to balance sports and studies

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Results: Discussion and Implications

Hypothesis 3 A change in mindset of Singaporeans is the most important ingredient needed for the Sports School to achieve its objectives over the long-term.

They feel that society values academic achievements more than sports and they will not allow their children to channel their energies into sports which would not ensure their economic future. They disagree that the sports school is for the academically poor. Majority of the parents were of the view that a mindset change with a different set values is necessary before we can look forward to producing homegrown champions.

Q21. A mindset change with a different set of values is necessary before we can look

forward to producing homegrown champions.

Q22. Society values academic pursuits more than sports.

Q23. Parents will not allow their children to channel their energies into sports

which would not ensure their economic future.

Q25. Singapore Sports School is only for those who are academically poor in their studies but are good in sports.

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Results: Discussion and Implications

Hypothesis 4 The Sports School is a good nation building tool.Parents agreed that Sports forges a strong Singapore spirit as well as a “can do” quality in our people. They agreed that sports build bonds between ethnic groups and Singaporeans feel a sense of bonding when we support our athletes.

Q28. Sports forges a strong Singapore spirit.

Q29. Sports fosters a “can do” quality in our people.

Q30. Singaporeans feel a sense of bonding when we support our athletes

Q31. Sports is a good nation building tool.

Q35 Sports build bonds between ethnic groups.

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Results: Discussion and Implications

Hypothesis 5 The sports school can bring about a more competitive and dynamic sports environment in Singapore..

Almost 50% of the parents believe that the sports school will provide a good sports education for children. They believe that their children will excel in sports.They do not believe the sports industry is growing. A significant majority is doubtful whether Singapore can become one of the top 10 sporting nations in Asia by 2010.

Q38. My child will be able to excel in sports at the sports school.

Q39. Singapore Sports School’s well-structured training programme will bring about a

more competitive and dynamic sports environment here.

Q40. The sports industry is growing and there are now many job prospects in sports.

Q41. Singapore can become one of the top 10 sporting nations in Asia by 2010.

results discussion and implications
Results: Discussion and Implications

Hypothesis 6 A small population base is not necessarily a hindrance for Singapore to become a top sporting nation.

Fifty-one percent believe Singapore will have difficulty in achieving international sports excellence but we can still excel in sports despite our small population base.

Q44. Singapore can excel in sports in spite of her small population base.

Q45. It would be difficult for Singapore to achieve international sports excellence

due to her small population base.

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Results: Discussion and Implications

Hypothesis 7 The Sports School will reduce Singapore’s need to import athletes to augment the local talent pool.

They believe that Singapore’s performance in international sports has been greatly boosted by foreign talents. They believe Singapore’s need for foreign talents would be reduced when the Sports School can produce home-grown champions.

Q46. Singapore’s performance in international sports has been boosted by

foreign-born players.

Q48. Sports school will be able to cultivate homegrown champions.

Q49. Sports school will reduce Singapore’s need to import foreign talents to augment

our local talent pool.

conclusion
Conclusion

Hypothesis 1 Parents play a pivotal role in deciding whether to send their children to the Sports School. (ACCEPTED)

Hypothesis 2 Pursuit of academic excellence and sports excellence simultaneously is feasible in the mainstream schools. (ACCEPTED)

Hypothesis 3 A change in mindset of Singaporeans is the most important ingredient needed for the Sports School to achieve its objectives over the long-term. (ACCEPTED)

Hypothesis 4 The Sports School is a good nation building tool. (ACCEPTED)

Hypothesis 5 The sports school can bring about a more competitive and dynamic sports environment in Singapore. (ACCEPTED)

Hypothesis 6 A small population base is not necessarily a hindrance for Singapore to become a top sporting nation. (ACCEPTED)

Hypothesis 7 The Sports School will reduce Singapore’s need to import athletes to augment the local talent pool. (ACCEPTED)

limitations
Limitations

Our research was not perfect due to limited time and resources. The sampling size was not big enough to confirm that the conclusions are true for the entire population. We were not able to extend the surveys to other sporting organizations and schools as originally intended. Interview with Mr. Harry Tan , a lecturer in the Physical Education Department at the NTU was not carried out although he has agreed.

appendixes

Appendix IStudents questionnaire

Appendix II Adults Questionnaire

Appendix III Students Survey Results

Appendix IV Adults Survey Results

Appendix V Formal Letter to GM of SSC

Appendix VI Formal Letter to GM of CSC

Appendixes

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Questions? Clarifications?

I hope that this presentation has achieved its stated aims and objectives.

Should you have any questions, doubts or clarifications, please feel free to address them to the project team.