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Overview

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.

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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.

SPORTS ACADEMIES

Student-athletes in Singapore Sports School are either in an Academy Programme or in an Individual Programme.

The Academy Programmes are in the following sports:
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Track and Field

While all student-athletes receive a flexible yet rigorous academic programme, have the option to board on campus, receive sport medicine and sport science services, and Athlete Life Management support, only those in an Academy Programme will receive sports training from Sports School coaches. Those in Individual Programmes are supported by their respective National Sports Associations in their sports training. 


Academy Programme 

Individual Programme
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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.