The Sports Education Programme is a collaborative partnership between Singapore Sports Council and the Ministry of Education. The SEP aims to:
- Advocate the importance of sports education
- Encourage sports participation in schools
- Increase sporting opportunities for the young
SEP also serves as an integrated and structured approach to link sports service providers with schools to ensure that innovative and quality sports programmes are delivered.
Under SEP, each school is provided with a $10,000 dollar-to-dollar matching grant for them to take up sports programmes from an endorsed list. Schools eligible for SEP are Primary, Secondary, JCs, Centralised Institution and Special Education Schools.
SEP Sports Programmes
Sports programmes are assessed by a panel comprising representatives from the SSC, MOE, schools, sports educators and practitioners to qualify for endorsement under the SEP.
Sports programmes under SEP should:
- Cater for development of skills and sports knowledge of students
- Help promote active participation of sports in schools
- Promote team spirit and character building in students
- Arouse interest in continual sports participation amongst students
SEP endorsed programmes are classified into 4 categories:
1. Sports Exposure
These would involve one-off events aimed at introducing a sport or a sporting lifestyle to the masses and should convey the message that sport is fun and that it is easy to do.
Sports Exposure events/programmes can be in the form of sports clinics, try-outs, events or carnivals within the school.
2. Sports Play
These are structured, regular instructional courses that facilitate the learning of a sports skill at the beginner level. Students will have learnt basic information and skills about the sport after attending such programmes, which will enable them to participate in the sport and enjoy it at a recreational level.
3. Sports Development
These are structured, regular instructional courses that facilitate the learning of a sports skill at a more advanced level.
These programmes should follow on from Sports Play programmes, providing higher-level and age-appropriate skills that are still presented in a fun and engaging way. As an end result, students will have learnt higher skills and gained more knowledge needed to play the sport after attending these programmes.
4. Sports Leagues
These Leagues comprise intra-school competitions that take place regularly over a prolonged period of time where participating teams have the opportunity to play each other in the chosen sporting activity (e.g. weekly inter-class competitions).