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Minister for Home Affairs Mr K. Shanmugam officially opens HomeTeamNS Tampines

Minister for Home Affairs Mr K. Shanmugam officially opened the HomeTeamNS Tampines satellite clubhouse at Tampines Hub on Monday 13 February 2017. The first club that is integrated with a community town hub, HomeTeamNS Tampines represents one way in which the contributions of the Home Team NSmen and their families are recognised and appreciated.

HomeTeamNS Tampines is also the first in Singapore to present Clip ’n Climb, from New Zealand, a climbing theme park
featuring colourful climbing challenges for fun climbers of all ages and levels. Also located at the clubhouse is Laser Quest, an interactive indoor teambonding game in which participants score points by tagging targets in a mission that combines hide-and-seek and laser tag. At HomeTeamNS Tampines, the Laser Quest features a modern-combat theme with 10 hyper-specialised playing options.

Future HomeTeamNS Clubhouses

In addition to HomeTeamNS Tampines, Mr Shanmugam announced that the Home Team has embarked on a longterm masterplan for HomeTeamNS clubhouses. With the help of external architects, Home Team is reviewing the HomeTeamNS clubhouse in Balestier and planning for the building of three new clubhouses in the northern, eastern and western parts of Singapore over the following 10 to 15 years. With state-of-the-art modern facilities with clear themes and strong design features, the new clubhouses will be located near public transport facilities and be conducive locations for NSmen to bring their families, organise social gatherings or hold unit cohesion activities.

The first of the new clubhouses will be located in the north, near Khatib-Yishun, and expected to be ready in 2020. It will replace the existing clubhouse inSembawang and focus on indoor sports and recreational facilities as well as provide indoor team-building facilities. The second of the new HomeTeamNS clubhouses will be located near Bedok Reservoir. It will have a waterfront theme, and the design will incorporate the waterfront as well as nature.

The third HomeTeamNS clubhouse, being planned in the future Tengah Forest Town, will replace the current clubhouse at Bukit Batok and be a place where cohesion-building activities for NSmen and their families can be organised. Throughout the course of 2017, Home Team hopes to concretise viewpoints and put up artist’s impressions for the future clubhouses.

Home Team Celebrates NS50

The year 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of National Service in Singapore (NS50). In line with this, Mr Shanmugam announced that there will be a series of events to celebrate and reward NSmen’s contributions. National level initiatives include an NS50 recognition package and an exciting line-up of NS50 activities. Said Mr Shanmugam, “It is because of your contributions that you have given, and the sacrifices that your families have made, that Singapore today is really one of the safest, if not the safest, place[s] in the world. NS50 is a time for us to renew our covenants, our commitments and our bonds, recognise, showcase [them] and then move forward. The whole of Singapore owes you a debt of gratitude. [Keep] up the good work!

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