We assure Mr Koh Bock Heng ("How are sports facility fees set?"; July 19) that the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) is committed to providing affordable sports facilities for the community.
The SSC does not factor in capital cost recovery in determining its fees and charges as public sports infrastructure is for the public good.
We charge heavily subsidised nominal fees to defray a small part of our operating costs.
We set fees based on the general principle of per person cost across all our facilities.
For example, fees for table tennis, which is played by two or more people, are set at $1.50 and $3.20 per hour during off-peak and peak hours respectively.
Our pool charges are $1.50 and $2.50 per person on weekdays and weekends respectively.
Senior citizens aged 55 and older currently enjoy SSC facilities for free or at a concession during off-peak hours for sports such as tennis, squash, badminton, table tennis, petanque and gateball.
We appreciate Mr Koh's feedback to extend senior citizen concessions for table tennis during peak hours.
We will review this request holistically to see how we can better encourage more seniors to live better through sports.
We thank Mr Koh for his feedback.
Director, Corporate Communications and Relations,
Singapore Sports Council
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