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The Singapore Contractors Association (SCAL) will be holding the annual Cricket Challenge in efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle among our migrant workers.
Running in its fifth consecutive year, the competition has proven its success with more and more teams signing up each year. This year, a record high of 32 teams comprising almost 500 players participated in the SCAL Cricket Challenge. In this exciting event, construction firms from all over Singapore will send their best teams to compete on the cricket ground at SCAL Recreation Centre. The games will begin on 1 May 2014 and the finals are played off on 4 May 2014.
This annual national competition is organized in conjunction with May Day to recognize all the important contributions made by our foreign workers. We hope the competition will help foster stronger bonds among participants and provide a social platform for employers to interact with employees.
On top of that, SCAL would also like to embrace and bolster the strong cricket culture evident among foreign workers here in Singapore. Since the formation of the SCAL Cricket Challenge, many foreign workers have taken a greater interest in the sport. This provides alternative ways for them to relax and enjoy their leisure time. During the weekends, many empty fields all over the island are packed with cricket players. The SCAL Cricket Challenge provides such cricket enthusiasts an opportunity to compete professionally on neutral ground.
The SCAL Cricket Challenge is one of SCAL’s largest events and this year we are very honored to have Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Health & Ministry of Manpower, and Mayor of South West District as our Guest-of-Honour. The profile of the SCAL Cricket Challenge has gained recognition in these past years and many distinguished guests from relevant embassies such as the High Commission of India, Bangladesh High Commission, Royal Thai Embassy, government agencies such as the Ministry of Manpower, Building & Construction Authority and other Police-related organisations are attending this local sporting event.
The tournament alone is expected to attract more than 3,000 workers. On a usual weekend, the crowd at the SCAL Recreation Centre is expected to swell up to 10,000 to 12,000 on average.
Cash prizes are given away to champions and finalists. Matches will also be streamed live to enable the workers’ families and friends abroad able to enjoy the carnival atmosphere. A variety show featuring local acts and entertainment will conclude the event on a celebratory note after the tournament.