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The Unsung Heroes Behind Our Champions

Staff Day Celebrations 2015

Jansen Yeo
Senior Executive, Strategic Communications

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Several teams work around the clock to ensure that student-athletes have the best place to train, study and rest, that their environment is clean and green, safe and secure, that they don’t have to worry about cleaning their laundry or preparing meals.
The first group of kitchen hands arrive as early as 4.30 am to prepare pre-training snacks and the last one leaves after serving supper and a final clean-up of the kitchen and dining hall at 10.15 pm. While student-athletes are at morning training, the snipping of unruly shrubs and the sweeping of fallen leaves add to the symphony of sounds that is Singapore Sports School. 

Unsung Heroes-2.JPGPrincipal Tan Teck Hock (left) presenting the NTUC Fairprice vouchers, courtesy of NTUC U Care Centre,
to Absolute Maintenance Services Pte Ltd's representative Hamid Abu Bakar.

The 49 contract workers that serve the Sports School in different areas were feted during Staff Day on 28 August 2015. They were invited to a concert which student-athletes put together, watched a video tribute to them and tucked into a scrumptious buffet lunch. Principal Tan Teck Hock also paid tribute to them and thanked them for providing essential services to the Sports School.

Unsung Heroes-3.JPGPrincipal Tan Teck Hock (left) presenting the NTUC Fairprice vouchers, courtesy of NTUC U Care Centre,
to Stamfles International Pte Ltd's representative Chen Siew Choon.

“I am touched by the video tribute. I see the student-athletes study and train very hard every day. Although they are busy, they still found time to put together this video about us for us,” said Mr Hamid Abu Bakar, who has worked at the Sports School since 2006. After a contract ends, he would resign and join the new company that the Sports School signs with and this has been repeated several times.
Unsung Heroes-1.JPGGeneral workers Arumugam Kani (left) and Chithiravel Soundararasan received MILO Care Bags courtesy of Nestle Singapore.
Prior to Staff Day, Sports School staff contacted NTUC’s U Care Centre to sign up the low-wage workers for the Appreciating U campaign. NTUC UCC presented each one with a $20 NTUC Fairprice Voucher. Sports School staff also reached into their pockets and the cash collected was enough to buy another $60 worth of supermarket vouchers for each of them. Nestle Singapore Pte Ltd, a long-time corporate sponsor of the Sports School, also chipped in with the donation of MILO Care Bags.

Unsung Heroes-4.JPGSecurity Officers Randy Tan (left) and Halim Gafoor received MILO Care Bags courtesy of Nestle Singapore
“The supermarket vouchers are useful because I can use them to buy groceries and other essential items for my family. And I won’t have to buy MILO mix because we have been given the products which can last us a few months. It’s nice that the Sports School appreciates us although we are contract workers. The staff does not wait for special occasions to be nice to me and my colleagues. Sometimes, they would pass me and my partner snacks and drinks when they return from lunch or external meetings. Student-athletes are always polite and would greet us whenever they see us,” said Security Officer, Mr Randy Tan Kim Poo, who is mainly stationed at the main entrance. 
Student-athletes also appreciate the hard work put in by the contract workers.

Unsung Heroes-5.JPGStaff from Absolute Maintenance Services received MILO Care Bags courtesy of Nestle Singapore
Unsung Heroes-6.JPGContract workers joined Singapore Sports School staff for a buffet lunch
“I see our security officers standing at the main gate every day, rain or shine, keeping us safe from trespassers. I also notice that the gardeners come in during the school holidays to ensure that our landscape is well maintained throughout the year. On our part, we try to make their jobs easier. We pick up litter whenever we see any and we return our trays after each meal. We want them to know that we appreciate their work here,” said Badminton Academy’s Bernard Ong Soon Yang.