The Local Organising Committee of the Mission Foods World Netball Championships today unveiled a comprehensive plan that will see students from all around Singapore be actively involved in the prestigious international sporting event, held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from 3 - 10 July 2011. Close to 25 schools signed up for the opportunity to be a part of netball's premier event.
Aimed at students from primary to tertiary level from all local and international schools, the specially formulated Schools Outreach programme allows students the opportunity to leave their mark on the much anticipated Mission Foods World Netball Championships. The Schools Outreach Programme comprises of four key focuses - the News Team, Be a Reporter, Big Cheer and Adopt a Country. The News Team seeks students to develop and create a video clip on a netball-related event; Be a Reporter requires students to submit up to two articles on one of the 16 competing teams in the Championships; The Big Cheer, is a creative vocal demonstration of the team's support where students have to compose and submit one cheer for Team Singapore; and lastly Adopt a Country, where schools will exhibit their adopted country's culture, history, netball background and create a Team Cheer to be showcased at the event.
All four programmes are designed to engage the students in the sport, build confidence in the media industry, encourage creativity and open their minds to different cultures. To date, close to 25 schools have signed up for the programmes and Miss Jessica Tan, Member of Parliament of East Coast GRC and Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee of the Mission Foods World Netball Championships 2011 today unveiled the programme at her alma mater, CHIJ St Joseph's Convent (CHIJ SJC). CHIJ SJC was among the first few schools to sign up for the Adopt a Country programme.
Expressing her delight with the initiatives put in place for the students, Miss Tan said, "The Schools Outreach Programme provides an excellent opportunity for the youth to be more than just a spectator. We studied other successful initiatives from around the world and developed this programme in partnership and input from teachers and the Ministry of Education. We want the Mission Foods World Netball Championships 2011 to leave a legacy that gives the community a unique and invaluable sporting and educational experience
Vice-Principal of CHIJ SJC, Dr. Jeanne Ho, echoed her sentiments, "Netball is one of the most popular CCAs at SJC and the Schools Outreach Programme allows our students to learn about the other countries in a fun and interactive way. It will go a long way towards helping our students become more globally aware and savvy."
Netball is the number one sport for females in Singapore, and an equally popular sport amongst schools. This interest is evident in the rapid signup by various schools across Singapore. Adopt a Country, has been fully subscribed and all participating students will get the opportunity to showcase their work when the world's leading netball players arrive in Singapore for the tournament in July.
The Mission Foods World Netball Championships 2011 will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from 3-10 July 2011. Tickets for the tournament are currently available through SISTIC at http://www.sistic.com.sg.
FRANK UIJLENBROEK WORLDSPORTPICS