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“Sports Legacy” Scheme 2015-18 Launching Ceremony

11.09.2015

Since 2012, Sports Legacy Pilot Scheme and Experimental Stage were implemented by the Hong Kong Athletes Career & Education Programme (HKACEP) under the auspices of Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (Federation) which has received numerous positive feedbacks from involved stakeholders. Starting from this academic year, the new phase of “Sports Legacy” Scheme (Scheme), supporting by three strategic partners and sponsors including: Lee Hysan Foundation, Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation and Sports for Hope Foundation, with over HK$16M in promoting a new concept of holistic sports development scheme in secondary schools, benefitting over 8,000 students from 14 secondary schools under 26 athlete coaches’ instructions.

The launching ceremony of the Scheme was successfully held on 11 September 2015 (today) at HKJC Lecture Theatre of the Olympic House to officially kick-start the “Sports Legacy” Scheme 2015-18. Officiating guests included Mr. Jonathan McKINLEY, JP, Deputy Secretary (Recreation and Sport) of Home Affairs Bureau, Ms. Cecilia HO, President of Lee Hysan Foundation, Mr. Peter CHENG, Chairman of Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation, Ms. Marie-Christine LEE, Founding Chairman of Sports for Hope Foundation, Mr. Victor HUI GBS, JP, Vice-president of Federation cum Chairman of HKACEP Committee and Mr. Ronnie WONG, JP, Hon. Secretary General of the Federation.

Mr. Victor HUI thanked the three strategic partners and sponsors, benefitted schools, respective National Sports Associations and athletes for their staunch support to the Scheme. In the new phase, a brand-new initiatives namely ‘Specific Sports 1+1’ will be introduced of which three key components including sports-specific training, sports-related fitness training and sports-related career guidance will be implemented by the athlete coaches to the students in schools, so as to motivate students actively participating in sports and leading up to a sports-related career development.

Ms. Cecilia HO expressed that “Sports Legacy” Scheme is the first sports-related project funded by the Foundation. I hope students could learn sportsmanship and respect through the long-term systematic training while athlete coaches could make the best use of their professions to contribute in schools under the Scheme.”

Mr. Peter CHENG said that “Sports Legacy” Scheme is a meaningful project that could extend retired athletes’ talent in leading the youth to pursue their dreams in sports, resulting in a win-win situation to both athletes and students.”

Ms. Marie-Christine LEE realized that the Foundation has closely working with the Federation for the experimental stage of the Scheme since 2012. It was glad to see more supporting organizations to join in the Scheme, thus enhancing good sporting culture in schools.

The new phase of the Scheme will be officially launched in September 2015 with the participation of 26 athlete coaches from 16 sports to promote sports-specific training, fitness and sports-related career guidance. The list of benefitted schools and athlete coaches of the Scheme 2015-18 are at the Appendices.

Introduction of “Sports Legacy” Scheme

The “Sports Legacy” Scheme (Scheme) is an interactive platform for both students, planning to retire and retired athletes to pursue their dreams in sports. With great support from the HKSAR Government, strategic partners and sponsors, participating schools, National Sports Association and their respective athletes. Hong Kong Athletes Career and Education Programme (HKACEP) under the auspices of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) launched the Scheme to provide students with systematic sports-specific training and skill practices under the professional instructions by athlete coaches, in order to identify talented students for further sports-related career development. By adopting a long-term systematic training programme, the Scheme aimed to promote the spirit of Olympism so as to assist students in character building through the diffusion of positive value of sports, also to enhance students’ overall sporting performance and sporting culture in schools. Apart from providing sports-specific training, the Scheme comprises sports-related fitness training and sports-related career guidance. Besides, under the HKACEP scholarship programme, athlete coaches can pursue continuing education and vocational training leading to a bright post-athletic transformation.

Issued by:

Office of Hong Kong Athletes Career and Education Programme

Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China

11 September 2015

Appendix_Sports Legacy Scheme 2015-18 Launching Ceremony.pdf