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Four unusual sporting activities for kids and adults in Singapore

Here are four sports you’ve probably never heard of, but they could be worth you giving them a go!
Speed Stacking

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Four unusual sporting activities for kids and adults in Singapore

What is it?

You may already have been memerised by YouTube videos of kids, in a blur of hands, speedily stacking cups. It’s the sport for the unsporty, and it’s taking off in schools and community clubs across the island. Believe it or not, there’s more to cup stacking than er, stacking cups. There are four different events to compete in; 3-3-3, Cycle Stack, Doubles and Relay. The official World Sport Stacking Association (yes, there is one) has announced a match in Singapore on 4 December for all those who want to try their hands. We can’t promise fame and fortune, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s a great little party trick to impress friends with. Plus, it’s a positive way to keep kids quiet for hours on end.

Where can you do it? For coaching and to buy a starter set with cups, timer and mat ($110) visit www.speedstackssg.com.

Pétanque

The classic French game of Petanque is taking off in Singapore
The classic French game of Petanque is taking off in Singapore

What is it?

This French sport requires six metal balls and a piglet – no, not Winnie-the-Pooh’s best friend, but a wooden ball called a cochonnet, which literally translates to piglet. The aim of the game is to throw your balls as near to the piglet as you can. It can be played by just two people (singles) or by two teams of two players (doubles), or even in triples. And it’s not just for pensioners; take a set down to Siloso beach on a Sunday and spark off a new craze.

Where can you do it?

Pay the $24 annual membership fee to join Sports Boules and you can take your pick from over 50 courts island-wide.  It costs $1 to hire a court for two hours. Away you throw!

Bossaball

A very bouncy version of volleyball set to a samba beat
A very bouncy version of volleyball set to a samba beat

What is it?

Cross volleyball with soccer, imagine playing it on a pitch made from a bouncy castle – then add two trampolines. It may sound odd, but that’s Bossaball. Teams of from three to five adult players bounce their way through the game on a giant, inflatable volleyball court, hitting and kicking a ball onto their opponent’s side of the net. The front player on each team literally is restricted to a trampoline for the entire game, but can win extra points if he or she scores. It’s played to a samba beat, and some competitions even line up a DJ to spin tunes for the players to jump to.

Where can you do it?

Grab as many mates as you can to book a court for four hours; it costs $600 at Bossaball Singapore.

Paramotoring

Bear Grylls made paramotoring famous, so you can now try it too
Bear Grylls made paramotoring famous, so you can now try it too

Ever since survival guru Bear Grylls soared over Everest in 2007 in a supercharged paramotor, a growing number of people have been trying to fly on a wing and a chair. Paramotoring combines paragliding (parachuting off things) with a motorised propellor that’s strapped to your back. According to Grylls: “They’re relatively easy to learn to fly,” and offer a stunning, bird’s eye view of the landscape. Once dismantled, they can be easily stored in the boot of a car, so you can search out dramatic spots to swoop over.

Where can you do it?

Spending three to five days learning how to take off, land and control the motor in flight with Skyads costs $1200. They provide all the equipment and the course includes a tandem flight with an instructor.  At the end of the five days you’ll have a licence to fly.

Want more? See our kids section!

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