Temasek Foundation Cares -
Partner: Sport Singapore
In 2016, the Sports Index Participation Trends highlighted that about one-third of persons with disabilities engage in a sporting activity at least once a week compared with 54% of able-bodied Singaporeans.
The main reasons cited by persons with disabilities for the low participation rate are:
• Lack of opportunities and awareness
• Lack of access to community facilities
• Lack of know-how resulting in a lack of confidence
The Temasek Foundation Cares – Play-Ability pilot programme seeks to provide persons with disabilities with more opportunities for regular participation in, and greater access to, sporting activities in the community. The programme will offer greater support for these persons to participate in recreational sport activities and for social interaction and relationship building with all in the community through sports.
Play-Ability also aims to address some of the barriers of entry to participation in sport in community spaces for - but not limited to - graduates from special education (SPED) schools and residents of special homes.
Play-Ability leverages on ActiveSG’s inclusive sports facilities and schools to provide safe and conducive spaces for persons with disabilities, their caregivers, families and friends to bond through recreational sport. The sport facilities chosen will have disability-friendly options such as wheelchair ramps in swimming pools. As a start, PWDs can look forward to participating in Badminton, Aqua Activities such as Flippa Ball, Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby and Futsal.
Each of these programmes will run on an 8-12 week cycles to allow participants to experience the benefit of regular sport participation, and to build a lasting relationship between participants and volunteers.
This pilot programme consists of three components:
Training for volunteer-coaches – training volunteers who show potential and interest in coaching, with opportunities to further their skills through courses such as the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Introduction to Para Sports Coaching course.
Facilities and equipment – once a week, dedicated sport facilities such as swimming lanes, basketball/badminton courts and soccer fields are reserved for persons with disabilities.
Transportation and caregiving services – SportSG volunteers will provide care-giving assistance if required. Transportation services are also made available to encourage persons with disabilities to participate.
540 persons with disabilities are expected to benefit from the three-year programme.