Thursday, June 26, 2008

Paintball in Singapore?

Yes, that's what this blog is all about. 1 year and 7 months into the promotion of paintball in Singapore...and what do we have so far? Media coverage...not bad, a paintball tourney under the wing of PBAS...not bad indeed...15 paintball teams...hmmmm....not so good, awareness....maybe.

The bottomline is there is still so much more to be done...We need to bring paintball out of Red Dynasty! We need to showcase more of paintball to the public's eye. And how do we go about doing that? Posting results on forum? Awareness clinic and roadshow? International events? Sports exhibition? So much more...hmmm...but where do we get all the fundings to do all this? I have no idea. It is good that we have a couple of sponsors for Leg 2, a beggar can't ask for more...but definitely, we need more, More, MORE...

These are some of the things that we can do by the end of this year:

1) Roadshows. Paintball will be featured during the NUS Sports Bazaar in August 08. We have done something similar in SMU before but this can certainly help us raise more awareness about paintballing in Singapore. A unique community that is tuck somewhere around the corner.

2) Get ourselves in for Sports Expo! Every year just before the Standard Chartered Marathon, thousands of people head towards the Expo to register themselves for the race...hey, talking about target audiences. All sports people out there...surely there is a room for us. But then again, each booth cost about $5000 over the 3 days exhibition and this is excluding the amount of effort we have to put in to man those booth...hmmm...expensive.

3) Formation of a proper national team. Being very much involved in the local basketball scene a couple of years ago, I realised that a national identity is very important...Someone to look up to, somewhere for people to excel in their sports and perhaps international representation. So far right now, Red Sevens is the only local team that has been participating in overseas tournament, some people, not all look up to us. But we are definitely not the national team, we are a nation representative. National team? Ney! not yet.

4) Regular paintball league as I have mentioned before....something more regular but doesn't cost much...keep playing, keep improving.

5) International exposure...I will be lucky to have 5 Singapore teams playing in the MPOC by this year!!! I hope!!!