By Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports

ActiveSG June Holiday Programme Social Skate

Under the social skating programme, youths get the opportunity to enjoy two hours of unassisted skating through the urban landscape. (Photo 1 © Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports)

Jurong West Sports Centre, Saturday, June 7, 2014 — A group of youths aged 6 to 14 took part in a social skating programme organized by ActiveSG during the June school holidays.

ActiveSG aims to provide affordable sports programmes for Singaporeans of all ages and levels. It is one of the recommendations of Vision 2030.

Under the social skating programme, the group of youth skaters gathered at Jurong West Sports Centre for two hours of unassisted skating through the urban landscape. The programme is managed by a convener from Sport Singapore, and supervised by two instructors from Skateline, a skating service provider. The youths underwent a series of basic warm-up drills and were explained simple road safety rules before they set off for Jurong Lake Park.

“I think the programme is quite good,” said Anna Xu. Anna registered her two sons, 6-year-old Rui Tao and 8-year-old Yun Cong, for the programme. The two boys had also participated in the ActiveSG inline skating programme during the March school holidays earlier this year. “I just want them to be active. They get to perspire all over, enjoy for two to three hours outdoors, and learn new skills.”

“I’m happy that they are willing to join the programmes. I would rather them be here than stay at home and play computer games, which is not beneficial for them,” added the 38-year-old mother.

Kranji Secondary students, Rawiyah Bte Abdul Halim and Zeann Lee, both aged 14, signed up for the programme together, via their school. Both Rawiyah and Zeann came all the way down from Choa Chu Kang and Sembawang respectively to participate in the programme.

Zeann started skating at a tender age of four. “We both saw the brochure during our recess break and it’s free, so we asked around to see who wanted to join,” said Zeann.

Rawiyah, who started skating when she was nine years old, said, “Our PE teacher gave out the brochure and I think that it is actually quite interesting because there are a wide range of activities available. We saw it together and after all, it’s the June holidays, so why not?”

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