History of Singapore Sports

The history of sports in Singapore began in the 19th Century, when the Colonials turned to sports as a way to pass time as they waited for news from back home in the United Kingdom. 

This led to the development of private sports and recreation clubs such as the Cricket Club, Singapore Recreation Club, Singapore Swimming Club, Hollandse Club and others. 

Then came the influx of immigrants from China, India and other parts of the world. It wasn’t long before other communal clubs such as the Chinese Swimming Club, Indian Association, Malay Football Club and others were formed to serve their own communities. 

All of the various clubs played a major role in promoting sports in Singapore in the early days.

Back to top


career banner on homepage 230x93

Join Sport Singapore and play a role in shaping the sporting community of Singapore.


Latest News

News archive with press releases, media information and key speeches that shape sports in Singapore

Be Social

Get closer to the action - subscribe to our social channels.


Sport Singapore map

We welcome suggestions, feedback and enquiries.

3 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397630
6345 7111