Major Sports Events and Sports Schemes

Leisure is an important part of life in a fast-paced city like Hong Kong, and there are always programmes available to help you take part in sports. Read on for information about some of the major leisure programmes organised / jointly organised / co-organised / subvented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). It aims to promote ‘Sport for All’ and encourage people of different age groups and levels of ability to lead active and healthy lives.

Hong Kong Games

Since 2007, the Sports Commission has endeavoured to build a “Sport for All” culture through organising the biennial Hong Kong Games (HKG). Coordinated by the Community Sports Committee and co-organised by the 18 District Councils, the LCSD, the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China and various national sports associations.

Scheduled for 23 April to 28 May 2017, the 6th HKG covers eight sports, namely the athletics, badminton, basketball, futsal, swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball.

In addition, the Organiser launches a series of diversified community participation activities, including online games, Elite Athletes' Demonstration and Exchange Programmes, a sports seminar, a vitality run, a photo contest, a 18 districts’pledging ceremony cum carnival, a cheering team competition for the 18 districts, a grand opening ceremony, a closing cum prize presentation ceremony, voting for "My Favourite Sporty District" and guessing the "Overall Champion of the 6th Hong Kong Games", to enable more members of the public to support and participate in the HKG in different ways.

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Corporate Games

The Corporate Games is organised biennially by the LCSD to enhance team spirit among private and public sector employees and strengthen their sense of belonging to their organisations. Focused on promoting the “Sport for All” concept through building an energetic and healthy community, the Games includes 11 competitions in athletics, badminton, basketball, distance run, snooker, table tennis, tennis, tenpin bowling, volleyball, 7-a-side mini-soccer and 11-a-side soccer. 

Participation is divided into three groups based on organisation size and type, with each participant able to represent only one organisation.

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Masters Games

The Masters Games is organised by the LCSD biennially, with the aim of inspiring people aged 35 or above to maintain their physical and mental health by competing against individuals of similar age.  Six competitions are featured: badminton, distance run, swimming, table tennis, tai chi and tennis. To encourage active involvement in the Games and promote sporting activities, the LCSD will arrange  participants to act as umpires in the preliminary rounds of some competitions.

The champion and first, second and third runners-up of each division of each event are awarded medals to recognise their achievements.

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District Age Group Competitions

To encourage healthy and active lifestyles across all age groups, the LCSD organises district-based competitions in athletics, badminton, swimming, table tennis and tennis. The competitions target the Children, Youth, Adult and Masters groups.

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District Sports Teams Training Scheme

The District Sports Teams Training Scheme is organised by respective national sports associations and subvented by the LCSD with the aim of  encouraging youth participation in sports and enhancing participants’ sense of belonging to their districts.

The Scheme is open to young people with basic skills in basketball, fencing, football and handball, and includes an open selection test, progressive training, inter-district competition and promotional activities.

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Young Athletes Training Scheme

The Young Athletes Training Scheme, organised by respective national sports associations (NSAs)and subvented by the LCSD, is designed to help NSAs identify young people with potential for further training. The Scheme comprises an open selection test, progressive training, inter-district competition, training camp and promotional activities.

Athletes with outstanding performances while participating in the training may be selected to join squads and take part in international competitions.

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School Sports Programme

Targeting all primary, secondary and special school students in Hong Kong, the School Sports Programme includes seven subsidiary schemes organised by respective national sports associations.  Coordinated and implemented by the LCSD, the Programme is co-organised by the Education Bureau, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Baptist University. All activities are organised in line with school schedules to enable students’ participation at schools during leisure time. 

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Community Sports Club Programmes

Organised by non-profit-making community sports clubs throughout Hong Kong, the Community Sports Club Programmes form a partnership scheme co-organised by the LCSD and national sports associations. Developing life-long, community level participation, the Programmes are offered in a wide range of sports.

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Healthy Exercise for All Campaign

The LCSD and the Department of Health have co-organised the Healthy Exercise for All Campaign since 2000. With the slogan of “Daily exercise keeps us fit, people of all ages can do it”, the Campaign aims at encouraging the general public to participate regularly in sports and physical activities to stay healthy.

The Campaign includes recreational and sports activities for different target groups, such as fitness programmes for children, the elderly and persons with disabilities; “Hiking Scheme”, “QualiWalk Scheme”, “Dance for Health” and “Rope Skipping for Fun”, which help encourage people of all ages to exercise daily for good health and lead a healthy life style. 

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