The New Partnership NSA Networking Session
“Forward together”, “Community in Union”, “More Please!” – these were three of many live captions by the National Sports Associations (NSAs) at the first NSA Networking Session in 2016. This session was hosted by Sport Singapore (SportSG) at the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) Biomechanics Lab. A total of 46 NSAs turned up for the session, the highest representation ever recorded.
Old friends reconnect, and new friendships are forged. Mr Lim Teck Yin, CEO, SportSG, with his boxing instructor, Mr T. Balasundram.
The purpose of the NSA Networking Session is to foster quality working relationships in The New Partnership (TNP) community. Aspiring towards One Vision, One Plan, One Team Singapore - NSA leaders and key SportSG partners convened at this session to interact, have conversations, share information and collectively learn best practices in Sport Management. In the long run, this aims to develop the capabilities of the entire TNP community, striving towards excellence in delivering national outcomes of Vision 2030.
On 24 March, the central theme was to celebrate Sport in 2015, and look ahead to the future of TNP. Mr Richard Seow, Chairman of SportSG, welcomed all guests at the start of the programme. He remarked that while the NSA Networking Session had in the last two years made way for extensive preparations for the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games 2015, it is now crucial for the community to reconnect on a more regular basis.That evening, SportSG also introduced new faces of its leadership team, namely Mr Chiang Hock Boon, Deputy CEO and Mr Lenard Pattiselanno, Director of NSA Partnership.
The audience were then shown a video by Dewitt Jones on “Celebrate What’s Right”, which brought out key points for TNP such as the importance of having a vision for the organisation, and being open to abundant opportunities that may arise.
Mr Joseph Ang, Operations Manager of Singapore Canoe Federation (SCF), had a conversation within the same group as Mr Vincent Lim, Deputy President, Volleyball Association of Singapore (VAS). They discovered a mutual interest in developing a vibrant canoeing scene in schools, and this may lead to a potential future collaboration!
The highlight of the evening was when guests broke into small groups and took turns sharing their one great sporting moment in 2015. There was a reverberation of pride and joy in the room as we listened to a multitude of stories, including a boost for Motorsports’ development through the lease of Aviation Park Road, a milestone for the Powerboating community with easing of regulations for yachts to sail around Indonesia’s tropical islands, to the entire SEA Games 2015 Swimming event spectators at the OCBC Aquatic Centre singing “Majulah Singapura” as one Team Singapore despite the PA system’s failure mid-anthem.
Lenard Pattiselanno, Director of NSA Partnership, SSI, then presented SportSG’s Strategic Map for the next 5 years, and also the context of TNP which focuses on Shared Vision, Capability Development and Resourcing the Partnership. The details are appended below:
Mr Lim Teck Yin, CEO, SportSG, extended his appreciation for the NSAs’ contribution to the work of TNP, especially at the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games hosted by Singapore last year. He also shared about the upcoming Get Active! Singapore set for July 2016, which is a platform to bring the sporting community and the public together, leveraging on the significance of National Day celebrations. Many NSAs will be involved in organising community events during this period.
Moving forward, the next iterations of NSA Engagement Sessions will include topics such as NSA Leadership, Investments in Sport and Strategic Collaborations. Stay tuned!
The NSA Partnership Team