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Sports festival to be launched as part of National Day celebrations

The festival, to take place from Jul 30 to Aug 7, will have three components: The Singapore National Games, nationwide family sporting events and a new grant to fund ground-up initiatives.

SINGAPORE: A week-long sports festival called GetActive! Singapore will be launched in the lead up to this year’s National Day celebrations, Sport Singapore (SportSG) announced on Tuesday (May 10).

The festival, to take place from Jul 30 to Aug 7, will have three components: The Singapore National Games (SNG), nationwide family sporting events and a new grant to fund ground-up initiatives.

The SNG, into its third edition this year, will include for the first time five para sports such as archery, swimming and tenpin bowling. It will also include four other sports, bringing its total to 21, up from 12 sports in 2014.

Family sporting events will be held at the 15 ActiveSG centres around Singapore, and will include activities for children and families, as well as people with disabilities.

"After the (ASEAN Para Games 2015), we realised that sport is a great way to get people with special needs involved in the society. It's a great way for them to realise their potential," said Culture, Community and Youth Minister Grace Fu at the media briefing for the festival.

A new grant called Active Enabler will help fund sport-focused creative activities, ranging from mass participation events to workshops or seminars. It will subsidise up to 90 per cent of the event’s qualifying costs, capped at S$25,000 for projects and S$50,000 for mass events.

The grant can also provide sport experts such as fitness instructors or coaches, sport and snack packs and even venues for events. Ten partners have already come on board, including FedEx and ComfortDelGro, SportSG said.