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District Basketball Training Scheme invites entries


Boys aged 13 to 15 with basic basketball skills now have the chance to raise their playing standards through systematic training by qualified coaches and inter-district competition .

The District Basketball Training Scheme, jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Hong Kong Basketball Association, is now inviting applications.

A spokesman for LCSD said today (July 25), "The scheme aims at promoting teenagers' interest in basketball, enhancing the level of their skills and providing opportunities for further training, eventually leading to international competitions.

"Since it was launched in 2000, it has achieved remarkable success in promoting a sense of community and district belonging and in upgrading the standard of play."

"Over 1,500 players have received training during the past three years and 88 of them were referred for more advanced instruction."

All applicants must undergo a pre-training assessment. Training will be provided by qualified coaches of the Hong Kong Basketball Association at LCSD sports centres.

There are two levels of training.

The first level, from September to November, is designed to improve basic basketball skills. The second level of training, scheduled for November to February 2004, will further develop players' skills in actual match conditions.

Players must pass an assessment test to be promoted to the second level.

Training fees range from $40 to $86. Each district will accept 30 trainees. Application forms are now available at the LCSD's District Leisure Services Offices or from the Hong Kong Basketball Association, Room 1006, Sport House, 1 Stadium Path, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

District teams may accept applications from players who live outside the district, but preference will be given to residents of the district. The deadline for applications is July 31.

For enquiries, please call 2309 1181.

End/Friday, July 25, 2003

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