We haven't played on the small pitch at Turf City since 2010, but if we don't have enough for a game on the big pitch, the game will be switched to a small pitch, for a 6-a-side (or a 5-a-side if we don't have enough for a 6-a-side).
The Premier Pitch @ Khalsa has a 9-a-side pitch. It's not floodlit or covered, so more like many football pitches anywhere in Singapore, just that it's astroturf (which is anyway increasingly common these days).
... I’m currently not too keen to be involved in organizing 11-a-side games against other opponents. First, the bulk of our participants are primarily interested in futsal. Secondly, organizing one-off 11-a-side game takes more effort than organizing up to 6 routine sessions a week.
However, like I’ve also said before, I’m happy to lend support to anyone using the blog to organize an 11-a-side match.
If there is sufficient interest, and there are players interested in putting together and taking charge of a team, we can have a regular 9, 10 or 11-a-side game, say once every quarter.
The game would be within our pool, although from time to time, we can take on other teams.
Don't expect me to make it happen though. Those who are interested will have to take the initiative.
It doesn't have to be at Khalsa. It can be on any 11-a-side pitch.
If the lease is not extended, the Premier Pitch will have to vacate the premises. Initially, they had to vacate in January 2012, which is why they initially did not take any bookings for January 2012. They only took bookings for January 2012 when this was extended (presumably by the current landlord) to February 2012.
If they sign a lease with the new landlord for 3 years from March 2012:
The landlord is actually the Singapore Land Authority, so it would be more accurate to refer to the company that won the tender for the head lease as the head tenant.
The old head tenant has to hand over Turf City to the new head tenant by the end of February 2012. The old head tenant had required the sub-tenants to stop operations by the end of December 2011. This was extended to January 2012.
The new head tenant has given the Premier Pitch a Letter of Offer for a new 3-year lease from March 2012, so as soon as the hand over is completed, the Premier Pitch should be able to continue operations for another 3 years.
The problem now is February 2012. Although the new head tenant is prepared to allow existing sub-tenants who will be continuing with them to continue business, the old head tenant hasn't given the sub-tenants permission yet.
So no bookings for February 2012 yet, which means I can't put up games for next weekend yet.
Just received the following e-mail from the Premier Pitch @ Turf City:
Dear regulars of Premier Pitch @ Turf City,
The purpose of this email is to inform you about our operations throughout the month of February.
We apologise that this email has come so late but this has been due to circumstances that were beyond our control.
We will be open to operate in February until the issues behind the scenes at Turf City have been settled and resolved.
However, there maybe a situation whereby we will have to cease operations during February and only resume in March. The parties are trying to resolve the situation with regards to the Turf City complex, but an outcome is still to be decided.
For now, we will continue to operate as per normal in February, but due to the circumstances it maybe subject to change at any given time throughout the month.
Please kindly note that we will also not be able to take any bookings for Birthday Parties in the month of February.
We Will, however be fully operational with no issues from the 1st of March as we have already signed to stay on as a tenant at Turf City for the next 3 years.
We will continue to update all of you as and to the status of February, as and when we receive any news again.
Thank you all for your kind understanding and please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Thank you for your support towards Premier Pitch and as always we are here to provide you with the best possible football facility in Singapore.
Regards Management of Premier Pitch
This weekend's game will be at Turf City as usual.
Premier pitch will also be expanding with 3 small pitches and 2 big pitches across the road ,where the buses are current parked. But it will have no shelter so current one is still better. Hearing price will be revised to $100 per hr after the new rentals come into effect.
Traffic may be lighter on a Sunday than Saturday, but players give themselves less time for travel on a Sunday, so bear in mind that rain can cause severe delays in the Bukit Timah area, especially with the MRT works going on.
Our games are scheduled for 1 hour, short and sharp. Aim to be 10 to 15 minutes early, so that you have time to meet the other players and warm up before the game starts. This is repeated in every schedule thread. It's about making time for the game, being responsible, and showing regard for the other players. Ultimately, it is about being an adult.
Sports Planet are also giving me a hard time over late cancellations.
Sports Planet want 72 hours notice, but only raise it when there have been several cancellations.
When there are several cancellations, both The Cage and Sports Planet threaten to forfeit payment. If they did, I would stop having games there. Even if they don't, it is still a pain for me to have to listen to them go on about it.
If the volatility in numbers at The Cage and Sports Planet continues, I may stop having games at The Cage, and cut the number of games at Sports Planet.
It is much easier to deal with the Premier Pitch (both at Turf City and at Khalsa).
The upcoming S$4 million Cage Sports Park will add new life to the former Turf Club in Bukit Timah (pictured), providing state-of-the-art sports facilities within a 90,000 sq m site.
The sports park will be operated by Cage Sports Park Pte Ltd, which is known for pioneering the concept of cage football in Singapore.
Similar to the cage indoor five-a-side football courts in Kallang, the company will also apply the same philosophy and concept to the new venture, while maintaining the uniqueness of the Bukit Timah site.
"When the Turf City site went up for tender about a year ago, we decided to participate in it, as we were attracted by the location," said Rajesh Mulani, Director at Cage Sports Park Pte Ltd.
The company will lease the land from the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) for S$47,000 a month for three years, with the option of extending to an additional three-year term.
"The idea was to provide a bang for your buck with the whole atmosphere as the greenery and serenity of the Turf City location takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore and in a location that is centralised," said Sanjay Danani, Director at Cage Sports Park.
Mulani added that players will enjoy dome pitches, a first in the region. The feature is prominent in the American football leagues and in Europe "during the winter season when warm air is pumped in."
"For us in Singapore, we will be pumping in cold air instead, making it a whole new experience of playing football here." Two of such domes will be built in the park at S$500,000, inclusive of power costs for the operations.
That means in short , your low hanging fruit will be cooled while playing . I think Ganesh will benefit from this .
Last Edit: May 22, 2012 15:04:36 GMT 8 by Raj Singh
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