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Sport For All Day well-received by public

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) was encouraged by the good response to the Sport For All Day held on August 8, which saw participation by over 190,000 people. The strong support from the public made this territory-wide event a great success.

     “Altogether there are over 164,000 people using our free facilities yesterday. Over 85% of our facilities available for free use under Sport For All Day were booked. We are pleased to note that hirers have made good use of the booked facilities. More than 85 % of these booked facilities were taken up by the original hirers while the majority of those not taken up by hirers after the start time of the booked sessions were reallocated to walk-in applicants on a first-come-first-served basis,” a spokesman for LCSD said today (August 9).

     “It is also encouraging to see during the Sport For All Day the exceptionally high usage rate of some of our popular facilities such as arenas, table tennis table, American pool table, billiard table etc. Their overall usage rate ranged from about 85% to over 95%.  The usage of arena reached 97.5% and the usage of billiard tables reached 100 %.”

     Among those making free use of LCSD’s leisure facilities, close to 100,000 people enjoyed swimming in the department’s 35 swimming pools. When compared with the average attendance on Sundays in August last year, there was an increase of more than 60%. Ten of the swimming pools reached their maximum capacity during the peak hours in the afternoon yesterday.

     Meanwhile, more than 27,000 people took part in the free recreational programmes organised at designated sports centres in 18 districts. The overall number of participants in the activities was higher than the enrolment quota. The free recreational activities included dance play-in, fitness corner, talks and assessments relating to sports and health; and parent-child sports programmes.

     More than 7,000 dance-lovers concurrently took part in a three-minute dancing fun at the Sport For All Day ceremonies held in all districts. The attendance by Mainland Olympic Games medalists and renowned local elite athletes at the ceremonies and their sharing of sport experience with the public also added a glamour to the Sport For All Day.   

     The spokesman said: “We would like to thank members of the public for their support and enthusiasm for the Sport For All Day. We believe that by taking part in the event, the public have come to appreciate the benefits of taking part in sports activities and would thus continue to do more exercise in their day-to-day lives for stronger physique and better health.”

     “We will continue with our utmost efforts to promote sports for all in the community, including the 3rd Hong Kong Games to be held from May to June 2011 in which the 18 districts will fully participate.”

Ends/Monday, August 9, 2010

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