Stella Tan
UX designer

Redefining Sports in Singapore

Case study of ActiveSG

Redesigning Sports in Singapore

How did it start?

Recent reports have emerged that badminton players are having a difficult time reserving public sports facilities, with some even resorting to buying slots from resellers on platforms such as Carousell and Facebook. This has prompted us to relook the UX and UI of the ActiveSG app.


ActiveSG has ability to -

  1. Influence people's lifestyles

  2. Enhancing physical, mental and social well-being


ActiveSG is an all-encompassing and inclusive national movement for sport. The app serves to encourage healthy living through campaigns and facilitates the booking of programmes and facilities offered by Sports SG.

Research Process
Redesigning Sports in Singapore

Contextual Inquiry

At the discovery phase of the project, we conducted informal interviews in order to get a better understanding of the problem.

Findings from 4 users

  1. Only booking function is utilised

  2. Exit app after three unsuccessful attempts

  3. Some users ‘camp’ early in the morning to book for courts

Redesigning Sports in Singapore


After we had a better idea of the common pain points, we wanted to gather more in-depth information. We set up an online survey and got 77 respondents to fill them up.


  1. Lack of available slots

  2. Too much information on app

  3. No shortcut for users

  4. Hard to remember bookings

Personas & Customer Journey Map

Based on the interviews we set up two personas. We referred to them throughout the entire product development process.

We chose our user personas based on our affinity diagram, where we tried to map out the most common pain point and who they are faced by. Our two final personas were Aaron and Farisah.

To understand how customers find and interact with the service we created a Customer Journey Map for both Aaron and Farisah. While both users were somewhat able to reach their desired goal at the end, they faced frustrations in their process of so doing. Their pain points and initial suggestions to the pain points are as highlighted below.

Redesigning Sports in Singapore
Redesigning Sports in Singapore

User Flows

Select user persona for their respective user flows


At the beginning of my design process I created wireframes for testing purposes using Figma.

In this iteration of wireframe, these improvements have been made:

  1. Addition of search bar on homepage

  2. Sleeker, cleaner card titles on homepage

  3. New set of global navigation

  4. Suggestion of other available courts and programmes based on users' activity history

  5. Incentivise booking of less popular programmes and activities through introduction of Active Points

  6. Simplified filter process using interactive elements

  7. Parents are able to book on behalf on child
    using their own accounts

  8. Users are able to add booking to calendar and share bookings with friends

User Interface

What have you learned from this project?

  1. Speedy response time vs Quality

UX/UI projects are intense and fast-paced which allows real time response to users' problems but faces the threat of its quality being compromised.

  1. Learning to differentiate the importance and priorities of users

  2. Users may not necessarily know what they want