Message from the East Zone Centre of Excellence for Sports
The East Zone Centres of Excellence (COE) exist to enhance the capacity of teachers, enrich students' learning experiences and drive innovation and creativity in teaching and learning. Currently, there are 8 zonal COE in the East Zone covering cognitive areas like Mathematics and Science , and aesthetics domain such as Music and Art . The establishment of a COE for Sports completes the remaining major domain of physical intelligence.
Traditionally, due to constraints in physical, financial and human resources, the focus of most schools has been towards competitive sports and its achievements. Consequently, few programmes catered for the masses. A zonal COE for Sports will serve the purpose of assisting schools in this area as resources can be more optimally deployed. In the backdrop of the national objective of encouraging all Singaporeans to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, the COE (Sports) will serve as a platform for more recreation sports/CCAs as well as competitive sports/CCAs.
It is, therefore, not coincidental that the COE (Sports) emphasizes a twin approach: one that caters to the masses' physical education and also focuses on the excellence in providing opportunities for coaching, training and development of games. The target sports excellence is in six games : badminton, basketball, table tennis, Football, Hockey and Netball. Over time and with more experience, we hope to widen this excellence programme to include other sports and games. The COE (Sports) will create opportunities to enrich students' learning experience in sports through recreational and competitive sports, and also enhance the capacity of teachers in the area of sports, physical education and games.
We are proud to have worked with the Physical and Sports Education Branch (PESEB), Physical Education and Sports Teacher Academy (PESTA), Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) of National Institute of Education (NIE), Zonal School Sports Council and schools on various initiatives and workshops for teachers and students. Our heartfelt appreciation to these colleagues who shared their expertise and valuable ideas, without which this COE (Sports) would not have been possible. We will continue to work together for the benefits of our students and teachers.
The signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Singapore Badminton Association, Basketball Association of Singapore and Singapore Table Tennis Association is very significant. It heralds powerful collaborations with these external organisations to promote sporting activities / programmes for students, and professional development programmes for teachers.
Steering Committee, EZ COE(Sports)