Sport For All Day 2012 to be held on August 5 will feature activities on Olympic sports to tie in with the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and to show support for Hong Kong athletes taking part in the Games.
To help create an Olympics-themed atmosphere, each of the 18 District Leisure Services Offices (DLSOs) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will choose one Olympic sport as the theme of its free recreation programmes to be held at designated sports centres on August 5.
These Olympic promotion activities will feature demonstrations of Olympic sports by invited athletes or instructors, Olympic sports participation activities, and friendly matches at designated LCSD sports centres in the 18 districts. Exhibition panels will also be displayed at the venues to introduce Sport For All Day and the selected Olympic sports.
The Olympic sports chosen by the 18 DSLOs are fencing, badminton, gymnastics, archery, judo, hockey, boxing, basketball, canoeing, football, cycling, triathlon, taekwondo, handball, shooting, rowing, table tennis and windsurfing.
In addition to these promotion programmes, an array of free activities including exercise demonstrations, parent-child sports programmes, fitness corners and sports participation activities will also be organised for people of all ages to participate in. These activities will be held from 2pm to 6pm on August 5.
Enrolment for free programmes will commence on July 16 at 8.30am at all DLSOs of the LCSD and designated sports venues in 18 districts on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person can collect up to four admission tickets while a small portion of tickets will be reserved for walk-in participants on the event day.
Members of the public are invited to enrol in the free programmes to spend a meaningful and enjoyable Sunday. Details of the designated sports centres and the corresponding Olympic sports are available at the Sport For All Day webpage: www.lcsd.gov.hk/specials/sfad2012/en/index.php.
The LCSD will also make available various fee-charging leisure facilities for free use by the community on August 5. These facilities include both indoor and outdoor facilities (excluding turf pitches, sports grounds and camping facilities), public swimming pools (excluding Wan Chai Swimming Pool) and craft at water sports centres.
Bookings for free use of the above land-based leisure facilities and craft at water sports centres on August 5 can be made at the Leisure Link booking counters at LCSD venues (except for self-service kiosks) from 9.30am on July 29 (Sunday) on a first-come, first-served basis. This applies to the facilities which have not been block-booked by organisations for August 5. Each person can only book one free session irrespective of the types of leisure facilities. No prior booking is required for the LCSD swimming pool facilities. Interested users only have to line up at the entrance of the swimming pools for free admission on a first-come, first-served basis.
Being held for the fourth consecutive year since August 8, 2009, the Sport For All Day this year is one of the highlight events to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It has "Stay active! Exercise for half an hour daily" as its slogan, and calls on people to engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day for a healthy lifestyle.
To further spread the message of doing half an hour of physical activity every day, a new Announcement in the Public Interest has been broadcast on television stations.
The LCSD has written to the 18 District Councils, National Sports Associations and community sport organisations, as well as privately run sports clubs and health centres, to enlist their support for Sport For All Day. The response has been encouraging, with over 30 organisations taking up the appeal by offering free activities and opening their facilities for the use of their members or teachers and students of tertiary institutions on August 5. The event is expected to attract more than 4,000 participants. Some of the District Councils will also provide financial support to community organisations in organising recreation programmes for the public with an aim of encouraging people to engage in physical activity and to show support for the Hong Kong athletes taking part in the Olympic Games.
For details of Sport For All Day 2012, please refer to the dedicated website: www.lcsd.gov.hk/specials/sfad2012/en/index.php. For enquiries, please call 2414 5555.
Sport For All Day 2012 is co-organised with the Department of Health, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sports Medicine and Health Sciences Centre, the Postgraduate Diploma/Master of Science in Sports Medicine and Health Science Alumni Association of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China.
Ends/Thursday, July 12, 2012