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July
LCSD introduces progressive basketball training for students

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About 600 secondary-school students gathered at Yuen Wo Road Sports Centre today (July 26) for the start of a two-day, five-a-side Basketball Marathon Competition that will test their skills and potential in the sport.

The participants have already been trained in the skills required for the different positions, such as centre, forward and point guard, through new courses introduced by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) under the School Sports Programme (SSP).

Their coaches were drawn from among the coaching ranks of the Hong Kong Junior Squad and from among members of the Hong Kong Basketball Team.

The Acting Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Paul KK Cheung, presented certificates of attendance to the students today.

I hope the trainees will upgrade the overall standard of their school teams by sharing with their teammates what they have learned in our courses, Mr Cheung said.

One hundred and eighty students who distinguished themselves at the Basketball Marathon Competition would be selected to receive more intensive training at six Joint School Basketball Training Centres located at LCSD venues, starting in October.

This year, the SSP introduced a series of systematic and progressive sports training regimens. These range from basic skills training to school team training offered under the Outreach Coaching Programme. Outstanding athletes will progress to the Joint School Training Programme for more advanced instruction.



Training for fencing, squash and table tennis will also be introduced this year.


Schools interested in joining the sports training scheme may download application forms from the LCSDs website or contact the Community Sports Team at 2601 8861.

End/Saturday, July 26, 2003

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