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Sport Captain Programme fosters volunteerism

Over 500 secondary students pledged to perform voluntary service for sports activities today (October 9) at the Sport Captain Commissioning and Prize Presentation Ceremony 2004 held at Shek Kip Mei Park Sports Centre.

Having received training during the summer holidays on sports administration and acquired basic knowledge of organising sports competitions and events, these students were commissioned as Sport Captains after taking an oath to promote sports development through voluntary work.

The Sport Captain Programme is one of the subsidiary programmes of the School Sports Programme organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) with support from the Education and Manpower Bureau and national sports associations. It mainly targets secondary school students, but teachers and parents are also welcome to join.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Leisure Services), Mr Johnny Woo, said the aim of the Sport Captain Programme is to train up a body of student leaders who, filled with enthusiasm in sports, will perform voluntary service at sports events and promote sports development in schools.

The Sport Captains commissioned today will receive further training, offered with the support of respective national sports associations, on refereeing and assistance in coaching. Such training currently covers basketball, football, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, fencing and rowing.

Mr Woo also hoped the Sport Captain Programme would pave the way for students to become coaches, sport administers or event organisers and to apply their expertise to promote sports development in Hong Kong.

The programme has been well received since its introduction in 2001. There are nearly 3,000 participants, including some who have continued to contribute their time and effort after graduating from secondary school.

Apart from promoting and organising sports activities in schools, the Sport Captains have also provided service in local and international sports events organised by the LCSD and national sports associations.

During today's ceremony, 12 Sport Captains who had provided over 120 hours of service were awarded golden award certificates.

Outstanding athletes who had been appointed School Sports Ambassadors under the School Sports Programme were present to share their experiences in sports services with the newly appointed Sport Captains. They included Mr Wong Hop-hi of the Windsurfing Association of Hong Kong, Mr Ko Wing-sang and Mr Cheng Kam-hing of the Hong Kong Basketball Association, Mr Law Hiu-fung and Ms Lee Ka-man of the Hong Kong, China Rowing Association, Ms Cheung Yi-nei of the Hong Kong Amateur Fencing Association, Ms Ng Ka-shun and Mr Wong Wai-hong of the Hong Kong Badminton Association, and Mr Kwong Ngai-shing and Ms Leung Ka-man of the Volleyball Association of Hong Kong, China.

Ends/Saturday, October 9, 2004
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