Welcome to the SPEA community

The Singapore Physical Education Association (SPEA) is a professional organization that serves practitioners and administrators who are involved in PE and sport in Singapore. We are committed to the promotion of good and sound practices in PE and sport to both the professional and community levels. To achieve our vision, we strive to provide quality services, resources, and professional support for members through a wide range of high quality professional development opportunities such as conferences, seminars, and training courses. Aside from knowledge enhancement, we also organise social activities to connect members and establish networks. Please consider joining us as an official member to be part of the SPEA family (click here to be directed to the registration form).

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                                           Dr Koh Koon Teck
                           Current President of SPEA 2018-2020


Youth Athlete Development Conference 2018

The YADC committee is sharing more resources on topics covered by their guest speakers. Click on the links to find out more.

Key learnings from YADC 2018.

YADC 2018 main website.

SPEA CCE workshops: Nonlinear Assessment in PE and Sport

SPEA was privileged to have Dr Wan Rizal, Senior Lecturer at the School of Sports, Health & Leisure in Republic Polytechnic conduct the workshop on Nonlinear Assessment in Physical Education & Sports. He shared how Nonlinear assessment are formative assessments, and is based on the Dynamical Systems Theory (DST). DST involves phenomenon like Hysteresis and Critical Slowing Down within a lesson. He demonstrated how nonlinear assessment can be conducted through video analysis during PE and sport lessons.


Youth Athlete Development Conference 2018


7 handy tips for Youth Athlete Development Conference

   1.  Registration opens at 8.15am - There will be free seating in The Projector so please arrive early to get a good seat.

   2. Park on Level 5 if you are driving - Look out for a short flight of steps that lead towards grey doors that lead directly toward our cinema foyer.

   3. Food & Drinks - Our lunch and tea time menus are specially curated by our sport dietitian. 

   4. The Projector has central heating, so it can get really cold. Bring a jacket or cardigan to the conference.

   5. Safe Sport Forum - This will be the second Safe Sport Forum in Singapore. Learn more on how we can recognize, reduce and respond to misconduct in sport during the forum.

   6. Bragging Rights Competition - Student athletes compete to be the highest, fastest and strongest at the outdoor venue from 3.15pm to 3.45pm. 

   7. Student Project Competition - After three stages of competition, the finalist teams from NTU and NYP will present their ideas to enhance youth sports in Singapore.

Update of SPEA workshops 2018

SPEA is excited to announce that we will be organizing a series of CCE workshops starting in September 2018.

With effect from September 2018, all registration for SPEA workshops will be done through an online registration form that can be access from our website at http://www.spea.org.sg/events.html.

Name of workshop

Date/time/ venue/

Workshop fees



 Link to online registration form

Nonlinear Assessment in PE & Sports

9 November 2018

3pm - 5pm

$20 (SPEA/NROC members)    

$40 (Others)

 Dr Wan Rizal

Republic Polytechnic Sports Complex (Floorball court)


*To register, please click on the link of the respective workshop. Registration closes 2 weeks prior to Workshop commencement or when maximum capacity is reached, whichever is sooner.

*Details of the workshop and instructor can be found in the online registration form.

SPEA CCE workshop: Teaching of Life Skills Through PE & Sports

SPEA had the priviledge of inviting Associate Professor Dr Martin Camire to conduct a workshop on teaching life skills and values (e.g., goal setting, leadership, effective decision-making) in sport. Dr Camire works in the University of Ottawa in Canada where he is a reknown researcher in positive youth development.


He shared on practical strategies to incorporate the teaching of life skills into training routines and drills without reducing time for coaching sports. He also had an indepth discussion with the audience on how to effectively transfer life skills learned in sport to other areas of youths' lives. 




SPEA newsletter 2018

We are proud to present you our July issue of the SPEA newsletter. This issue features articles of the great outdoors and also Dr Saravana Pillai's  exciting Mount Everest Expedition.


Do also visit our Resources page to view our collection of past newsletters.

Updating of SPEA member contact details

Dear SPEA members, please contact us at enquiries@spea.org.sg if there has been any changes to your contact details (e.g. email address, mobile phone number, home address). All notification of SPEA matters (e.g. member benefits, workshops) will be sent primarily through email.

SPEA's president Dr Koh Koon Teck was featured in an interviewed by Dr Haresh Suppiah in NYSI's Research Bytes. Below is an abstract of the article.

This month, Dr Haresh Suppiah interviews Dr Koh Koon Teck, Head of the Department of Physical Education & Sports Science (PESS) at the National Institute of Education (NIE), on his recent article, ‘The Internet as a source of learning for youth soccer coaches’. His research interests are in the use of Information Communication and Technologies (ICT) to enhance teaching and learning in PE and coaching; as well as Coach Education and Development.


1.  Hi, Koon Teck. It is a pleasure having you as our guest on NYSI Research Bytes. Could you tell us more about yourself, and the work you are currently involved in at the National Institute of Education?

I am the Head of Department at the Physical Education & Sports Science Academic Group,  as well as the Programme Director for Sport Science & Management Programme at Nanyang Technological University (https://www.nie.edu.sg/our-people/academic-groups/physical-education-and-sports-science). My work involves preparing future physical education teachers to support world-class education in schools, as well as developing professional sport scientists and administrators to meet the growing demands in the sport industry.

2.  Could you summarise your recent research article: “The Internet as a source of learning for youth soccer coaches” and highlight its relevance to the coaching community at large?

The purpose of the study was to find out about the experience of youth coaches who used Internet resources to aid their coaching. We did this by interviewing 10 youth soccer coaches who had at least eight years of coaching experience. We found that these coaches favoured using the Internet to acquire coaching knowledge because it caters to their individual learning needs. Most of them agreed that they could easily access an abundance of coaching resources through the Internet to grow their coaching knowledge and skills. This form of learning facilitates self-paced learning anywhere with low or no cost. In contrast, learning through formal coach education and printed materials is often time-consuming and come at a cost. Some of the popular platforms coaches turned to on the Internet were Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Coaches explained that they first sourced for information that suited the specific needs of their sport and level of athletes. Subsequently, they tested them out during their coaching. 

Relevance to the coaching community
While we wish for coaches to constantly upgrade their skills and knowledge to provide quality coaching for their athletes, coaching schedules can be rigorous, and it can be difficult for coaches to put aside time and financial resources to upgrade themselves through traditional methods of coach education. These include courses, workshops or reading printed materials. Some coaches also prefer to learn in a more informal way that is less structured. The Internet provides many sources of quick and beneficial information to coaches and comes in various forms to cater to their different learning preferences. There is structured information in the form of words, there are also instructional images and videos. Coaching forums also allow coaches to interact and share information. The Internet can be an effective platform for the upgrading of coaching knowledge and skills if coaches are competent at using this resource for learning. We should encourage them to leverage on this convenient resource but also provide guidance to help them learn effectively.

3.    In your interviews, one of the benefits highlighted by your participants was the ease of access to content on the internet. How can coaches check the credibility of the resources they find on the internet?

First, to ensure the credibility of coaching resources, coaches should obtain resources provided by established coaches or authoritative organizations (e.g. national sports associations). Second, when coaching resources are found outside such sources, coaches can make use of the Website Quality Evaluation Tool. This instrument examines the content, function, authority, currency, links, graphics, and style to help coaches evaluate and verify the reliability and credibility of websites or online materials. Coaches may need guidance on how to use this tool.

4.    What are some of the limitations of this self-paced mode of learning from the internet and how can coaches make internet-learning more systematic and effective?

Although the abundance of easily accessible coaching resources is the main advantage of learning through the Internet, coaches acknowledged that it was sometimes a challenge to organize the large amount of information obtained. Information from different sources can sometimes contradict each other as well. Another challenge was the ability of coaches to effectively find information that they need. The coaches in our study highlighted that they sometimes faced difficulties in using concise keywords to locate the resources they needed. This could be a result of language abilities, or that coaches are unfamiliar with the coaching terms that would lead them to the information they are looking for.

With these challenges in mind, coaches could tap on free online tools such as Google Drive or Dropbox to help them organize the large amount of information they collect. As the learning of coaches is limited by their prior knowledge and experience, they need to be proactive in seeking help from professionals or other coaches (e.g. find specific terms to aid them in their search for information on the Internet). Having platforms such as coaching network or learning community may help to facilitate this process.   

5.    What other sources of knowledge could coaches tap on to complement the internet content that they find?


SPEA 39th Annual General Meeting 2018

SPEA held its 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, 23 March 2018 at the MESRC Lounge at 21 Evans Road. The evening began with Dr Saranava Pillai's sharing of his successful climb up Mount Everest in May 2017.


At the appreciation ceremony, we thanked our partners and sponsors for their kind and generous support for the organization and also acknowledged the outgoing Management Committee (MC) for their dedication and hardwork in serving the PE fraternity.


The night concluded with the election of the next MC and celebration of the fruitful term that passed.

SPEA presents to you the 39th MC 2018/2019! We look forward to another fruitful term ahead!


Do visit our facebook page for more photos of the evening at https://www.facebook.com/singaporephysicaleducationassociation/


CCE workshop: Improve Concentration in Sport

Date: 13 January 2018

"Things only become a distraction when you allowed them” ~Terry Orlick

13 coaches attended the workshop on how to improve one’s concentration in sport conducted by Dr Zason Chian, a lecturer with the Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) Academic Group at National Institute of Education (NIE). Zason is also a Management Committee Member of Singapore Physical Education Association (SPEA).

Zason introduced scenarios that were practical and exercises that can be learnt easily by coaches as well as their athletes. The participants were fully engaged and participated actively during the entire workshop. Feedback from the participants again showed that workshops conducted by SPEA are relevant and well-received, with all learning objectives met.

PE Pioneers' Reunion 2017

It was an honour for SPEA to support the organising of the PE pioneers' reunion dinner at Seletar Country Club on 29 September 2017. More than 200 pioneers of the PE community gathered for the first time in our history, making it an unforgettable evening that brought together pillars of our PE legacy.


The night started with welcome speeches and sharings from distinguished guests including our Guest of Honour, Director General of Education Mr Wong Siew Hoong.


All formality was done away with as our predecessors went from table to table catching up with old classmates, colleagues, and even teachers. Touching images were seen at every turn as 'generations' of PE teachers filled the air with nostalgia and joy from the reunion.



    As the night went by, our passionate and talented PE Pioneers lived up to their reputation as they took centre stage to share with us their many talents.


  The night concluded with many relunctant goodbyes and anticipation for the next reunion. We would like to thank all friends who were present at the dinner, as well as the organizing committee making the dinner a roaring success.


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