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3,000 students compete in easy sports

Three Thousand primary school students competed in 12 "easy sports" in the annual Inter-school Easy Sport Competition today (April 23) at the Shek Kip Mei Park Football Pitch and Sports Centre.

"Easy sports" are a range of simplified sports introduced by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) to give primary school students an early start in popular competitive sports.

The events held today were badminton, shuttlecock, fencing, tennis, cricket, rugby football, volleyball, table tennis, squash, basketball, handball and netball.

The inter-school competition was a major event of the School Sports Programme (SSP) funded by the LCSD and organised by various National Sports Associations with assistance from the Education and Manpower Bureau, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University.

The number of participants today exceeded last year's by 1,000.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the competition, the Deputy Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Alan Siu Yu-bun, said, "Since its launch in 2001, the SSP has become the platform of sports development in schools. More than 470,000 students participated in 6,300 activities last year. The number of schools taking part in the programme has increased from 600 to 870.

"The SSP includes six schemes covering the promotion of basic sports knowledge, training of skills and nurturing of sports volunteers."

At today's ceremony, 39 outstanding athletes received certificates of appointment as School Sports Ambassadors, signifying their promise to promote sports in schools throughout the year under the SSP.

Schools interested in joining the SSP may download the enrolment form from the department's website at http://www.lcsd.gov.hk or contact its Sports Development Section on 2601 7602.

Ends/Saturday, April 23, 2005
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