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Programmes and Competitions

Pre-Singapore Sports School Programmes

ZONE TRAINING CENTRE

Singapore Sports School is one of the eight Zone Training Centres set up by Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) in Singapore that aims to develop budding talents for STTA’s Junior Development Squad. The training centre at Sports School offers a structured training programme to players from Primary 1 to 6 with potential to excel in the sport.

Target Audience: Primary 1 to 6 pupils, Singapore citizens

Dates for Trials: Trials are conducted throughout the year

Training Period: January to December 2021

Contact Details:
Mr Dave Lai (General Manager, Table Tennis Academy)

PRIMARY SCHOOL TRAINING PROGRAMME

Singapore Sports School’s Table Tennis Academy invites selected pupils from Primary 4 to Primary 6 to train with the Sports School team up to four times a week. The primary school pupils are able to benefit from higher quality coaching and also gain insight into the Academy’s training programme.



Local and Overseas Competitions

ITTF JUNIOR AND CADET CIRCUIT

Student-athletes under the School-Within-A-School (SWS) programme have opportunities to compete in three tournaments in the ITTF circuit yearly. Student-athletes pit themselves against the world’s best in their age-group and are exposed to different types of play. Singapore Sports School's paddlers have consistently achieved notable results in the ITTF circuits, clinching podium prizes each year. Youth paddlers such as Izaac Quek Yong, Koen Pang Yew En, Ser Lin Qian and Zhou Jingyi achieved podium finishes in at least one competition in the circuit. Koen’s outstanding performances over several competitions in the ITTF Junior and Cadet Circuits earned him selection for the Rough Diamonds training camp in Otocec, Slovenia, organised by the international sport body.

ASIAN AND SOUTH EAST ASIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Singapore Sports School student-athletes regularly turn out for Singapore in the Asian and South East Asia Junior Championships. Each year, our student-athletes made frequent appearance on the podium. In 2016, 12 of 14 youth paddlers representing Singapore at the SEA Junior Championships were Sports School past and present student-athletes. They contributed a creditable 10 gold medals to Singapore's medal tally. Sports School secondary and post-secondary paddlers reinforced their position as one of Southeast Asia’s best in 2017, with gold medals coming from Andy Wong Yan Kai (Boys Cadet Team), Ethan Poh Shao Feng (Boys Junior Singles, Mixed Junior Doubles), Goi Rui Xuan (Girls Junior Team), Koen Pang Yew En (Boys Cadet Singles, Doubles and Team), Tan En Hui (Girls Junior Doubles), Wong Xin Ru (Girls Junior Team, Mixed Junior Doubles) and Zhang Wanling (Girls Junior Doubles and Team). They also bagged another 4 silver and 3 bronze medals for Singapore.

NATIONAL AGE-GROUP COMPETITIONS/GRAND FINALE

Apart from overseas competitions which Singapore Sports School student-athletes frequently participate in, the local competitions are also important to gauge their level of play against local age-group rivals.


Special Programmes

OVERSEAS TRAINING CAMPS

The Table Tennis Academy sends its student-athletes for overseas training stints yearly to train and spar with stronger teams. This exposes them to different types of play of a higher level. The Academy has organised training trips to provincial teams in China in the past which has provided sparring opponents of higher standard, thereby raising their quality of game. Student-athletes in the School-Within-A-School (SWS) programme have opportunities to go for additional training trips and learn from stronger and more skillful players. In October 2016, Singapore Sports School inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Kochi Prefectural Board of Education to provide sports exchange opportunities for our Table Tennis student-athletes. Thus, in 2017, selected paddlers in the SWS programme will have opportunities to spar with to spar with the top Japanese paddlers in Kochi Prefecture. Sports School has also established a training base at Lishan Junior High, where student-athletes will be able to participate in an annual overseas training camp lasting two to three weeks. The top paddlers in Sports School also have opportunities to be selected to attend ITTF training camps.