1-to-1 fitness help for Home Team NSmen

1-to-1 fitness help for Home Team NSmen
The new gymnasium at the HomeTeamNS clubhouse in Balestier, which is one of the many new and upgraded facilities at the four clubhouses islandwide that members can enjoy.

SINGAPORE - Home Team national servicemen will soon get one-to-one coaching to help them stay fit and pass their mandatory physical fitness tests.

And since many of these officers from the police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) are family men, clubs under the association for NSmen from the Home Team (HomeTeamNS) are being fitted with more facilities, which their wives and children can enjoy as well.

HomeTeamNS said it will be trying out a new fitness training programme to help its members pass the Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT). Called Train and Pass, the scheme is expected to start in about six months, and will feature personalised, one- to-one coaching by 30 fellow NSmen, who are former physical training instructors from the police and SCDF.

Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs, unveiled the programme yesterday at the Balestier HomeTeamNS clubhouse. The pilot will involve 120 NSmen, who will have 10 fitness sessions lasting about an hour each over five weeks. More details are set to be released by the end of the year, including how much members have to pay.

The announcement follows news that the IPPT for all NSmen is being made simpler so that more can make the grade. But Mr Masagos said: "Fitness must be something that they cherish as a lifestyle, not because they have to pass a test."

The new training scheme is one of the initiatives under the $26 million Salute to HomeTeam NSmen recognition package.

About 60 per cent of the 180,000 members are married with children. So HomeTeamNS plans to offer free membership for a year to an NSman's family member, say a spouse or parent.

Members will also enjoy new and upgraded facilities at the four clubhouses islandwide, such as a new gymnasium in Balestier, and amenities for families including water-themed playgrounds.

hpeishan@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on July 26, 2014.
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