Sports Subvention Scheme
The department is responsible for the administration of the Sports Subvention Scheme which provides funding support to National Sports Associations (NSAs) and other sports organisations for the promotion and development of sport in Hong Kong.
In 2012-13, the department provided subvention amounting to $250 million to these bodies. Together, they organised 11 200 sports programmes for more than 745 300 participants.
The LCSD completed a comprehensive review of the Sports Subvention Scheme in 2010. The major areas of review included subvention allocation and monitoring, as well as internal controls of NSAs. Measures had been taken to improve the administration of the scheme through streamlining procedures as well as enhancing accountability and corporate governance of NSAs.
70 international events were held in 2012-13 under this scheme. Major events included the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup – Hong Kong 2012; the 17th Asian Cities Gold Cup Taekwondo Championships; the Hong Kong International Bowls Classic 2012; the 2012 Hong Kong International Handball Championships; the Hong Kong Inter-City Athletics Championships 2012; the 38th Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships; the 34th Hong Kong Rowing Championships; the Hong Kong International Judo Tournament; the Hong Kong Junior Squash Open 2012; and the 2012 Hong Kong ITU Triathlon Asia Cup.
437 local competitions were also organised by NSAs. Key events included the Hong Kong 3 on 3 Streetball Basketball Competition for Students; Nike Hong Kong Football Five; the Hong Kong Bouldering Championships 2012; the Hong Kong National Wakeboard Championships; the Hong Kong Cup Archery Tournament; the Hong Kong National Junior Tennis Championships; the Hong Kong Youth Indoor Rowing Championships; Raw Hong Kong Powerlifting Invitations 2012; the Hong Kong Open Ranking Table Tennis Championships; and the Table Tennis Association Cup.
Sports promotions and training schemes are important components of these funded programmes. The sports development programmes held in 2012-13 included school sports programmes and a range of training schemes, which included the Youth Football Scheme, the Youth Wushu Training Course, the New Generation Table Tennis Training Course, and the Hong Kong Youth (Boys and Girls) Basketball Training Scheme.