The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) invited the public to make free use of the department's fee-charging leisure facilities during the Sport For All Day on August 8, in an effort to encourage wider public participation in physical activities and to support the National Fitness Day.
From 10am on August 1, individual members of the public can make bookings for a wide range of leisure facilities, which have not been block-booked by the organisations on August 8, at all Leisure Link booking counters at LCSD venues on a first-come-first-served basis.
The leisure facilities open to free use by the public on August 8 include:
* indoor leisure facilities ranging from badminton courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, netball courts, volleyball courts, squash courts, table tennis tables, billiard tables, sport climbing walls, bowling greens, golf facilities, fitness rooms, activity rooms to dance rooms
* outdoor leisure facilities covering tennis courts, bowling greens, batting cages, rope courses, sport climbing walls, archery ranges and golf facilities
* public swimming pools (except Wan Chai Swimming Pool and Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool)
* crafts at water sports centres
Camp facilities, sports grounds and turf pitches will not be included in the free use scheme.
Each person may book only one session of the leisure facilities irrespective of the types. No prior booking is required for free admission to the LCSD's swimming pools. Those interested should line up at the entrance to the pools before their opening hours of each session on August 8 for admission on a first-come-first-served basis.
If a hirer fails to take up the booked facility 10 minutes after the start time of the booked session, the facility will be reallocated to any walk-in applicants on a first-come-first-served basis. LCSD appeals to hirers to make the best use of the booked facilities. To give up their booked sessions, they can fill out the booking cancellation form or confirm their cancellation in writing and send the information together with the permit to LCSD by fax, email or in person. The booking cancellation form is available at all Leisure Link booking counters at LCSD venues and can be downloaded from the Sport For All Day dedicated homepage: www.lcsd.gov.hk/specials/sfad/en/index.php .
All users of leisure facilities should observe the existing Conditions of Use of Recreation and Sports Facilities under LCSD. Swimmers should co-operate to help keep swimming pools clean and hygienic. People should not use the swimming pool facilities if they do not feel well. They should put on clean swimming suit and use the toilet if necessary and should not defecate or vomit in the pools. Before entering the pool deck areas, they should shower in the changing rooms, and walk through the shower baths and footbaths.
During the Sport For All Day on August 8, a series of free programmes will be organised at designated sports centres in 18 districts throughout the territory to call on people to do more exercise on a regular basis. These activities include dance play-in, fitness corners, talks and assessments relating to sports and health, parent-child sports programmes and sports activities with district characteristics.
Enrolment for the above free programmes has been started from July 15. The public can visit LCSD's District Leisure Services Offices or designated venues in districts to enroll for the remaining number of places available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Details of the Sport For All Day are available at the dedicated homepage: www.lcsd.gov.hk/specials/sfad/en/index.php. For enquiries, please call 1823.
Sport For All Day is co-organised with the Department of Health; Hong Kong DanceSport Association Limited; Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China; Hong Kong Jockey Club Sports Medicine and Health Sciences Centre; WHO Collaborating Centre for Sports Medicine and Health Promotion; Hong Kong Medical Association; and Hong Kong Dietitians Association.
Ends/Wednesday, July 21, 2010