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Badges Award Scheme to encourage students to do well in sports
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The Leisure and Cultural Service Department (LCSD) has launched a Badges Award Scheme under the School Sports Programme (SSP) to boost students' interest in sports training.

Backed by 17 national sports associations, the Badges Award Scheme is designed to provide a progressive testing structure to assess the students' skills in their selected sports.

Each of the 17 sports has several skill levels. Upon attaining a level, a participant will be awarded a badge and a certificate.

The sports are Rugby, Netball, Canoeing, Wushu, Triathlon, Cricket, Tennis, Athletics, Dance Sports, Rowing, Squash, Fencing, Shuttlecock, Basketball, Gymnastics, Badminton and Table Tennis.

The scheme complements the existing training under the SSP. Coaches will conduct assessment tests for participating students at the end of each training course.

Speaking at the launching ceremony for the Badges Award Scheme today (December 13), the LCSD's Chief Leisure Manager (Community Sports), Mr Wells Ho, said: "The scheme provides the students of the School Sports Programme with benchmarks to assess their sporting skills.

"The students are expected to set their goals and improve their skills progressively. Those who have achieved outstanding results will be encouraged to join our advanced training."

After the ceremony, some 2,400 students were introduced to the marking schemes that will govern the Badges Award Scheme.

A series of booklets explaining the scheme will be distributed in all primary and secondary schools early next year.

The LCSD launched the SSP in 2001 to enrich students' experience of sports through coaching, talks, demonstrations, sports captain training and visits to sports facilities.

In 2003, about 5,200 activities have been arranged for 390,000 students under the SSP. Schools interested in joining the programme may contact the LCSD's Community Sports Section at 2601 8861.

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