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Singapore Sports School's sport programmes aim to develop student-athletes optimally based on Long-Term Athlete Development principles, while acknowledging their academic aspirations and building character. Our team of expert coaches is supported by sport scientists to provide optimal training and competition for student-athletes founded on the principles of LTAD.

Long-Term Athlete Development

The Long-Term Athlete Development framework is widely identified as the optimal sport development model for student-athletes. LTAD offers a pragmatic and scientific approach where a systematic, integrated system is built around developing student-athletes and identifying appropriate levels of competition at each stage.

The Sports School believes that the athlete-centred, coach-driven and sport science-supported approach in an LTAD model will help develop a lifelong involvement of student-athletes in physical activity and sport participation, as well as produce future champions.


The LTAD model in the Sports School comprises three key stages (Learn to Train, Train to Train and Train to Compete) to cater to the needs of the student-athletes aged 13 to 18 years old. Key principles of this model include:
  • Developmental age (maturity), rather than chronological age is used in training/ competition planning;
  • Fundamental movement skills are viewed as the building blocks for sport-specific movement patterns;
  • Training load and competition is balanced to prevent injuries and burn-out; and 
  • Athletes and coaches are given the platform to fulfil their potential and remain involved in sports.


Student-athletes in Singapore Sports School are either in one of the academy or individual programmes.

Academy Programme

Individual Programme
Sport Medicine and
Sport Science Services
Athlete Life
Management Support
Sports Training

While all student-athletes are entitled to the flexible yet rigorous academic programme, given the option to board on campus, and receive sport medicine, sport science and athlete life management support from NYSI, only those in an academy programme will receive coaching from the Sports School. Those in individual programmes are supported by their respective National Sports Associations in their sport training plans.

The academy programmes which the Sports School runs are in the following sports:
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Track and Field
Sports School also nurtures student-athletes in individual programmes. We have welcomed student-athletes doing Archery, Artistic Swimming, Diving, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Pencak Silat, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Wakeboarding and Water Skiing, and Wushu, and look forward to welcoming other high-performing student-athletes to join us in their pursuit of sport and academic excellence.

Sports Staff

The team of Sports staff in the Sports School has experience at all levels of sport, through the talent development stages to youth competitions such as the Thailand Sports School Games, Asian Youth Games and Youth Olympic Games to senior elite international competitions such as Southeast Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Paralympic Games and Olympic Games. 

Sport Achievements

The Sports School has certainly raised the bar in sport and continues to be the pipeline for the national teams. In the last 15 years, we have produced 460 national athletes who have won medals not only at youth games, Asian Youth Games and Youth Olympic Games but also at senior level including gold medals at Southeast Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and sport-specific World Championships. Sports School has also produced eight Olympians who represented Singapore at the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.