The 80s lives on… After the oldest SAFRA clubhouse at Toa Payoh (which was opened in 1975) got rebuilt and reopened in February 2013 and the second oldest at Bukit Merah (built in 1982) was replaced in 2004 by the Mount Faber clubhouse, SAFRA Tampines is the only of five clubhouses that originated from the 80s.
Opened in 1988, SAFRA Tampines is a sports and recreation hub for NSmen living in the eastern estates of Singapore. Today, it continues to be a hive for the active and sporty with upgraded facilities, amenities and a slew of fitness courses.
I used to visit SAFRA Tampines rather often some years back as my office was nearby so it felt familiar coming back again.
The clubhouse hasn’t aged after 25 years.
A suite of sporting facilities provide NSmen and their families numerous choices to build a healthy lifestyle.
Tampines SAFRA has many nooks and crannies to discover. There’s an activity space or sporting room at every corner. This pathway in the photo leads to a hall where exercise courses such as Muay Thai is held.
Tried a session of Muay Thai with trainer Richmond Leong and it was totally kickass! Look out for fitness courses at really affordable rates at safra.sg.
There are 3 squash courts available for booking at prices ranging from S$3.20 to S$5.25 per hour (inclusive of GST).
Indoor badminton courts can be booked by SAFRA members from S$3.20 – S$5.90 per hour (inclusive of GST).
This used to be my playground… SAFRA Tampines EnergyOne gym. With ample treadmills, stationary bikes and steppers, the gym’s cardio zone is a fat furnace.
Window to a more muscular body and better health.
A comprehensive range of free weights stations at the gym let users work every muscle part in the body.
Having worked out with various gym operators, I find that SAFRA gyms have the most number of serious male gymmers that serve as inspiration to train harder once you can get over being intimidated by their bulging biceps and physique.
The pool at every SAFRA clubhouse is an oasis. SAFRA Tampines has an Olympic-sized pool for laps and a smaller pool for kids to splash-play.
Despite not having visited for years, SAFRA Tampines remains to be one of the best sporting centre this side of Singapore to raise the adrenalin or spend a leisurely time to unwind.