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SSP And NSAs Reaffirm Commitment To Develop Young Champions

Singapore Sports School and 10 National Sports Associations have inked partnership agreements for the coming four years. This included two new signings with Fencing Singapore and Singapore Shooting Association. The signing ceremony was held on 1 February 2012, in conjunction with the School's annual Awards Night.

The School last inked NSA Partnership Agreements in 2007. This year's Partnership Agreement will see the 10 NSAs reaffirming their commitment and continued effort to nurture the champions of tomorrow. The NSAs will promote the School to its athletes and their parents, as well as help in the recruitment of student-athletes to the School. On its part, the School will help develop the talents of these student-athletes, and working together with the NSAs, identify student-athletes to enter the respective national junior teams to train and be sent for competitions locally and overseas. The School will also support these student-athletes academically by adopting a flexible modular timetable to ensure that student-athletes keep up with their studies.

"Singapore Sports School sets the foundation stones in the development stage of the student-athlete's sporting career. Once they move onto the national youth or senior teams, we will hand over the baton to the NSAs. This Partnership Agreement with the NSAs will ensure a seamless transition for the student-athletes from their time at School to the national youth or national teams. It also helps to bolster parents'o confidence, knowing that the School and the NSAs will provide the necessary support for talented student-athletes to achieve their sporting potential," said Dr Irwin Seet, Singapore Sports School Director of Sports.

The NSA Partnership Agreement sees the continual strengthening of a mutually beneficial relationship - one which has reaped rewards for Singapore sports over the years. In eight years, the partnership with NSAs has produced 213 national open representatives in various sports.

Recently, Singapore Sports School sent off 48 student-athletes and alumni to the 26th Southeast Asian Games, held in Indonesia from 11 to 22 November 2011. This contingent, the largest-ever sent off by the School, brought home a total of 22 Golds, 21 Silvers and 17 Bronzes.