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Free use of leisure facilities to support Olympics

To support the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, encourage people to exercise more regularly and promote community sports with a view to improving the public's quality of life, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will launch the "Free Admission Scheme of LCSD Leisure Facilities" in various fee-charging leisure facilities under its management from July 1 to September 30. During this period, members of the public will be able to use the facilities free of charge.

Facilities offered include indoor leisure facilities (such as badminton courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, netball courts, volleyball courts, squash courts, table tennis tables, American pool tables, sport climbing walls, bowling greens, golf facilities, fitness rooms, activity rooms and dance rooms), outdoor leisure facilities (such as tennis courts, bowling greens, batting cages, rope courses, sport climbing walls, archery ranges and golf facilities), public swimming pools (except Wan Chai Swimming Pool which is used for group training), water sports centres and holiday camps.

Hiring procedures and the charges for block bookings of leisure facilities will remain unchanged. Members of the public can book leisure facilities which have not been block booked by organisations up to 30 days in advance on a first-come-first-served basis. Each person may book a maximum of two sessions of the leisure facilities, irrespective of the type, free of charge each day during the period.

Members of the public may visit any leisure venue or District Leisure Services Office with a Leisure Link Booking Office, access the Leisure Link Self-service Kiosk or the Leisure Link Website ( ), or call the Telephone Services Centre at 2927 8080 to make booking.

No advance booking is required for free admission to public swimming pools. Members of the public only need to queue up at the entrances of the swimming pools before the opening hours of a session for admission on a first-come-first-served basis. Those intending to use the coin-return lockers should bring five-dollar coins which they can get back after using the lockers. Children under 12 should be accompanied by adults to use the swimming pool facilities.

For details of the scheme, please contact the relevant leisure venues or visit LCSD's website at or call 2414 5555.

Ends/Friday, May 9, 2008

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