National Physical Fitness Award
The National Physical Fitness Award Scheme (NAPFA)
is a test of physical fitness for Singaporeans as part of Singapore's Sports
For Life programme. It was launched in 1982. Schools within Singapore's
primary and secondary education system are required participate
in NAPFA awards each year, in April for secondary schools and
in August for primary schools respectively.
It is one of the three criteria for banding
for the Trim and Fit (TAF) Awards, other than the fitness index
and the percentage of overweight students. Singaporeans studying
within Singapore's tertiary education system, or those that have
graduated from the education system are not required to participate,
but are strongly encouraged to do so.
Despite the requirement for mandatory participation,
failing to achieve at least a passing grade (E) usually does not
have any academic consequences for primary and secondary students,
although very strongly discouraged. Exceptions include sports-based
schools such as the Singapore Sports School, and might yield non-academic
consequences, such as the requirement to further retake the tests
or the required participation in the Trim and Fit programme. Social
consequences are usually minimal.
NAPFA involves a series of five stations and
a 2.4-km Walk-Run (1.5-mile Walk-Run). All of the station tests
must be attempted on the same day, with a 2–5 minute rest
period permitted between stations. The Walk-Run item may be attempted
on a different day, although sometimes a 2-week window limit is
Sit-ups: Maximum in one minute
Standing Broad Jump: Better of two distances
Sit and Reach: Better of two attempts with floating
Pull-ups: Maximum in half-a-minute (>14)
Inclined Pull-ups: Maximum in half-a-minute (<14)
Shuttle Run: Faster of two 4×10 metre attempts
2.4-km Walk-Run: Minimum time on firm and level
surface Performances are then compared to a chart and the grades
from A to F for each test item. A constitutes excellent performance
and E constitutes barely passing. An F grade is an alternate term
that the participant has failed that section.
Bronze Award Requirements
At least an E grade performance
in all 6 test items.
A total of 6 or more points.
Silver Award Requirements
At least a D grade performance in all 6 test
A total of 15 or more points.
Gold Award Requirements
At least a C grade performance in all 6 test
A total of 21 or more points.