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Our History

Celebrating 20 Years of Nurturing Learned Champions with Character

Singapore Sports School was officially opened on 2 April 2004 by Mr Goh Chok Tong, Singapore's second Prime Minister. Our School is the only school in Singapore that offers select youths an integrated academic and sports programme in a world-class environment.

Laying the Foundation


Mr Abdullah Tarmugi, who was serving as the Minister for Community Development and Sports, mooted the idea of a Sports School in 2000 to boost the nation’s development in sports.

2001 - 2002

0823_001.jpgThe plan to open a Sports School in Singapore was approved in 2001. The ground breaking ceremony, held on 11 November 2002, was graced by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, who was the Acting Minister for Foundation Community Development and Sports.


Aug 2 presentation.JPGSingapore Sports School introduced itself to the public at the "Making of Champions Roadshow" on 2 August 2003. A robust crowd of 3,000 attended the event at the Singapore Expo, where approximately 1,200 Primary 6 students signed up for sports selection trials.

Beginning at One Champions Way


whole school photo LR-1.jpgSingapore Sports School opened its doors to its first batch of student-athletes. Local singer-songwriter Corrinne May wrote the School Anthem, which was sung for the first time at the inaugural school assembly on 5 January 2004.

Official Opening 2 Apr 2004 - Alternative Pix 2.jpgThe official opening of the School on 2 April 2004 was marked by a 20km torch relay, with Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, then Minister for Community Development and Sports, lighting the relay torch at his Ministry’s foyer on Thomson Road. Student-athletes then passed along, running in 800m segments to the School auditorium for the opening ceremony by Mr Goh Chok Tong, Singapore’s second Prime Minister.

Mr Moo Soon Chong.jpgMr Moo Soon Chong was the founding principal of the school from 2004 to 2007. The Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year was renamed to The Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award in 2011 to honour the late principal, for his immense contributions and visionary leadership. It is the pinnacle award presented annually to all-rounded student-athletes.

MOU SSP-AUT 23 Aug 2004.JPGOn 23 August 2004, Sports School created its first through-train post-secondary programme with Auckland University of Technology. High-performing student-athletes could bypass the GCE O-Level examinations to take the Diploma in Sports Management and Exercise Science.

Making of Champions


SSS 818.JPGSingapore Sports School signed Partnership Agreements with nine National Sports Associations to affirm their commitment to work together to develop and nurture Sports School’s student-athletes.


Tao Li Calvin Kang.jpgSwimmer Tao Li and sprinter Calvin Kang Li Loong are Sports School’s first student-athletes to represent Singapore at the Olympic Games. Held in Beijing, Tao Li set a new Asian record of 57.54s in the Women’s 100m Butterfly, becoming the first Singaporean to reach a swimming final and eventually finished 5th in the event.

DSCF6133.JPGThe first batch of student-athletes who joined the School in 2004 received their GCE O-Level Examination results.

Maximising Potential in Sports and Studies


SSP-RP DSLM 27 Jan 2010.JPGSingapore Sports School collaborated with Republic Polytechnic to offer the customised Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management. The partnership with Republic Polytechnic aimed to give high-performing student-athletes greater flexibility in academic pacing and assessment as they pursue their sports goals.

Entrance 4 YOG Banner.JPGSports School hosted Modern Pentathlon, Shooting and Swimming at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. 22 present and past student-athletes competed in the Games.


School Within A School July 2011.JPGSports School collaborated with Singapore Badminton Association and Singapore Table Tennis Association to launch the School-Within-A-School (SWS) programme. The programme provided optimised training and customised academic support for high-performing student-athletes.


Scott ang LR.jpgScott Ang Yiqiang is the first student-athlete to be awarded the President’s Scholarship. The 2009 Swimming alumnus, who represented Singapore in Triathlon at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, received the Public Service Commission’s SAF Overseas Scholarship in July 2012.

Rising to the Challenge


CP_20140122_142.JPGAt the School’s 10th Anniversary Awards Night, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong challenged the School to continually review its work so as to stay relevant in the changing sports landscape

IBDP LR.jpgThe International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) was launched to offer a longer development runway and greater flexibility for our student-athletes to pursue sporting and academic excellence concurrently.

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The first batch of 20 high-performing student-athletes graduated from the customised Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management programme. Among them is Table Tennis alumna Isabelle Li Siyun. She was Sports School’s first student-athlete from the polytechnic programme to receive the Public Service Commission Scholarship.


WAoS logos-01.jpgSports School was recognised as an Athlete-Friendly Education Centre as part of the partnership between the International Baccalaureate Organisation and the World Academy of Sport. It became the only education institution in Singapore to have an extended IBDP programme that allows high-performing student-athletes to complete their IBDP in three years instead of the usual two years.

Shanti 2025 SEA Games LR.jpgAt the Singapore 2015 Southeast Asian Games, Veronica Shanti Pereira won Singapore’s first medal in the Women’s 100m, a bronze, and the first gold medal in the Women’s 200m event in 42 years.

Soaring to Greater Heights


NYSI LR.jpgNYSI Hub @ Sports School was officially opened by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, President of Singapore National Olympic Council and then Minister for Social and Family Development. The National Youth Sports Institute is a youth-centric sport organisation that aims to positively impact the Singapore youth sports ecosystem. NYSI works closely with Sports School to drive youth sport development through talent identification, youth coaching, sport science and athlete life management.

2016 MOU with Ngee Ann Poly LR.jpgSingapore Sports School and Ngee Ann Polytechnic signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer student-athletes a customised Diploma in Business Studies.

Nurturing Champions In Sport, For Sports, In Life


Yeo Jia Min LR.jpgYeo Jia Min became the first Singaporean shuttler to reach World No. 1 on Badminton World Federation’s World Junior Women’s Singles.


15 Anniversary LR.jpgSingapore Sports School celebrated its 15th Anniversary on 13 February 2019.

Amita and Koen LR.jpgAmita Berthier became Singapore’s first World No. 1 junior foil fencer, while Koen Pang Yew En became the first Singaporean to achieve World No. 1 ranking for Under-18s in Table Tennis.

Soaring to Greater Heights


Alumni Association.jpgThe Singapore Sports School Alumni Association was officially launched on 28 January 2021.

Izaac Quek LR.jpgPaddler Izaac Quek Yong became the first Singaporean to top the Under 15 boys’ world ranking list.

Loh Kean Yew LR.jpgAlumnus Loh Kean Yew was crowned Singapore’s first badminton World Champion after a stunning run to the title at the Badminton World Championships.


World Champions-01.jpgIBDP student-athlete Zeanne Law and alumnus Jowen Lim were crowned World Champions in the World Wushu Championships. Alumnus Darren Ong was also crowned World Champion after winning the title at the IBF World Bowling Championships.


Sports School celebrates its 20th Anniversary, themed 'Deeply Rooted, Soaring High'. It continues its journey towards its vision of being Singapore’s Premier School for Aspiring National Athletes. Its mission is to nurture aspiring national athletes into learned champions with character: champions in sport, for sports, and in life.