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Daryl Chin
Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014

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New Safra Club at Punggol to cater to young families

The Straits Times | Daryl Chin | Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014

SINGAPORE - The Punggol waterway will soon see a new Safra Club as the Government ramps up efforts to show appreciation for National Servicemen.


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SAFRA's statement:

Government continues efforts to enhance recognition for NSmen with new and enhanced SAFRA clubs

Come early 2016, NSmen and their families can look forward to a brand new $57 million waterfront SAFRA club in Punggol as part of the government's continuing efforts to enhance recognition for NSmen's contributions towards National Defence. Besides the Punggol clubhouse, there are also plans to enhance SAFRA Mount Faber, redevelop SAFRA Tampines and build a new SAFRA club in the North-western part of Singapore in the years ahead.

This was announced by the Guest-of-Honour Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of SAFRA Punggol.

A New Waterfront Club for NSmen and Their Families

Designed to be a "Family Lifestyle & Recreation" club for NSmen, the new SAFRA Punggol will consist of five storeys and house a comprehensive suite of facilities and services for enrichment, recreation, fitness and entertainment.

The club will boast the first indoor water playground in Singapore to offer great family fun to NSmen with children. This unique Kidz Amaze facility, themed "The Deep Sea", will span 23,000 square feet and three storeys high, featuring a myriad of interactive water play elements for NSmen and their families to enjoy and create indelible memories together. The new club will also house the largest NurtureStars childcare centre, which will be designed with an eco-friendly concept, using natural sunlight and hydroponic plants to illuminate and enliven the learning and play areas, with the aim to impart the 'go green' message to children.

To cater to the fitness and entertainment needs of NSmen, the club will house an EnergyOne gym, cycling and rollerblading facilities, a bowling centre, spa and KTV outlet. It will also have more than 10 F&B outlets, the most among all SAFRA clubs, to offer a wide variety of dining choices.

Seamlessly integrated with the Punggol Waterway Park, SAFRA Punggol will feature many open spaces, including a multi-purpose courtyard, which can be used to host unit cohesion activities, family carnivals, performances and a variety of lifestyle programmes. The new club will be an ideal sanctuary for NSmen and their families to recreate and unwind along the waterfront.

Further down the road, when the new Punggol Regional Sports Centre is completed next door, SAFRA members will also have convenient and direct access to its swimming pools and a host of other sports facilities.

SAFRA Punggol is a recommendation of the Fifth Committee to Recognise the Contribution of Operationally-Ready National Servicemen to Total Defence (RECORD V) to better cater to the lifestyle needs of NSmen and their families living in the North-eastern part of Singapore. SAFRA Punggol will be SAFRA's sixth club.

Refreshing Existing SAFRA Clubs and Building New Ones

Later this year, SAFRA will also begin work on enhancing its existing club at Mount Faber. Once completed in 2016, the club will have a fresh look, new facilities and tenants, and more entertainment programmes to become a bustling executive lifestyle club where NSmen can meet with each other and with their business associates.

SAFRA Tampines will also be redeveloped to provide NSmen living in the East with more distinctive sports and fitness facilities. The redevelopment is slated to begin in 2016 and the new club is expected to be completed by 2018.

Beyond that, a new SAFRA club will also be built in the North-western part of Singapore.

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