Futsal fever

Futsal fever
KICK OFF: Amara Hotel's general manager, Ng Khee Siong (centre) kicking off the launch of their new futsal pitch.

SINGAPORE - The company that installed Singapore's first hotel futsal pitch is not sitting still.

Speaking at the official opening of their latest pitch, located on the roof of the Amara Hotel, Stadio Futsal co-owner Marko Kraljevic revealed on Thursday that they will explore more such opportunities, with even Marina Bay Sands on their radar.

"Why not? It's a possibility, because a lot of people nowadays want to live a healthy lifestyle," said Kraljevic, who is also head coach of Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League side Balestier Khalsa.

"I'm very happy to have installed a futsal pitch at Amara and I hope more hotels and office buildings will be open to this idea."

Stadio Futsal, a company owned by former Singapore star V Sundramoorthy and Kraljevic, currently have 12 installations across six locations in the country - Singapore Khalsa Association, Ceylon Sports Club, Fairway Club, Marina Country Club, HomeTeamNS@Sembawang and the latest one at Amara Hotel.

The latest pitch is located on the eighth floor of the hotel, in the heart of the financial district, and it is also open to the public.

As Amara is the Singapore national football team's official hotel during centralised training camps, the court will also be used as a training facility for the Lions.

Amara's general manager, Ng Khee Siong, said members of the public who book the facility can access the futsal pitch only via a side entrance elevator, located at the junction of Enggor Street and Tras Steet.

Said Ng: "There are no security concerns; outsiders will not be able to access the swimming pool or other sections of the hotel from the side entrance.

"Access via the lobby is only for hotel guests.

"The futsal court has been opened since January and, so far, there have been no complaints of noise pollution, either. The area is well insulated."

AVID SUPPORTER

Ng added that the idea to install a court was initiated by the hotel's enterprise asset management (EAM) operations executive assistant manager, Steven Chia, an avid supporter of local football.

A tennis court was torn down to make way for the futsal pitch, which measures 30m by 15m.

"Amara is very much known as a corporate hotel, so we wanted to infuse a bit of fun and lifestyle," Ng explained.

"We hope to attract all members of the public to use the facility, but, of course, our main target is our corporate clientele."

DETAILS

Amara Hotel futsal court rates:

Peak Hour (weekdays from 6pm, weekends and public holidays): $120 per hour, $110 per hour (advance payment option)

Off-peak Hour (Weekdays before 6pm): $90 per hour

*Booking in advance required.

aakasim@sph.com.sg


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