Not a IQ quiz: If Tai Po is Hiking, then what is Tsuen Wan?
There are particular sports activities with local characteristics assigned and promoted for every district by The Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Can you name the sports activities of your district?
Indoor Lawn Bowls
The indoor bowling greens at the Ap Lei Chau Sports Centre are the first of its kind under the LCSD’s management. With a total of six rinks, the venue provides an ideal practice area for lawn bowls enthusiasts and athletes.
To promote indoor lawn bowls, the Southern District Leisure Services Office organises a range of activities including training courses, competitions, programmes for the elderly and promotion days. The Office also joins hands with schools in the district and the National Sports Association to promote and develop the sport further.
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Central and Western District
Badminton is a sport suitable for the whole family. Various types of badminton activities, including demonstration and promotion day, age group competitions, training courses and fun days, are organised by the Central and Western District Leisure Services Office for the enjoyment and well-being of participants of different ages.
Wan Chai District
Dance and Fitness Activities
The “Good Fit Training Scheme” is a thematic local sports programme on dance and fitness. It is designed jointly by the Wan Chai District Leisure Services Office, the Wan Chai District Council and the Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China, with an aim to encouraging the public to exercise regularly.
The Scheme offers fitness training in Eastern and Western exercise disciplines under the guidance of professional instructors. Each term of the programme carries a different theme, such as “stretching and breathing exercises”, “cardio and martial arts training” and “body toning and alignment”. The diversified activities allow participants to relax and refresh, and add to the fun of exercising.
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Archery helps improve physical strength, concentration and endurance, and is suitable for people of all ages.
The Eastern District Leisure Services Office promotes archery through a variety of activities organised at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, such as fun days, training courses, competitions and guided visits to archery events. It also actively implements the School Outreach Programme to increase students’ interest in the sport.
Sham Shui Po District
Gateball is a team sport which stresses strategy and co-operation, and is suitable for all ages. The game has been widely promoted and developed in Sham Shui Po District, and can be played on the natural turf gateball courts of Lai Chi Kok Park, Sham Shui Po Park and Tai Hang Tung Recreation Ground.
A range of gateball activities, such as training courses, fun days and competitions, are organised by the Sham Shui Po District Leisure Services Office to enable participants to share the fun of this healthy sport.
Yau Tsim Mong District
Tai Kok Tsui Sports Centre houses the largest indoor sport climbing facility under the LCSD’s management. The two indoor climbing walls of the Centre, each 9m in height, provide a total of ten climbing lanes.
Training courses and fun days are regularly organised by the Yau Tsim Mong District Leisure Services Office and the participants can experience the delights of indoor sport climbing.
The King’s Park Hockey Ground on Wylie Road, Kowloon is the only purpose-built hockey venue in the territory. Apart from being used for staging major hockey events, the venue is also used by the Hong Kong Hockey Association and the Hong Kong School Sports Federation for training and competition.
To promote the sport of hockey, the Yau Tsim Mong District Leisure Services Office regularly organises fun days and training courses for children at the King’s Park Hockey Ground. These activities encourage the public to get to know the venue and introduce them to the sport.
Kowloon City District
Dance activities come in a wide array of forms and styles, and are suitable for people of any age. The Kowloon City District Leisure Services Office offers regular training courses covering social dance, children’s dance, jazz, Chinese dance and Western folk dance. Other activities organised by the Office include the monthly “Dance Play-in” which is open to the elderly for free, the “Kowloon City District Dance Competition”, the “Dance for Health – Social Dance Night” and the “Dance cum Recreation and Sports Carnival”, bringing to participants the joy of dancing.
Wong Tai Sin District
Football is a very popular sport. The Wong Tai Sin Football Team has enjoyed very successful seasons in the Second and Third Division football leagues since 2012. With its promotion to the Hong Kong Premier League in the 2014/15 season, the team can be counted on to bring home further awards and honour.
To further develop football in the district, the Wong Tai Sin District Leisure Services Office organises training courses and seven-a-side competitions, and join hands with the Wong Tai Sin District Recreation and Sports Council in holding football fun days and five-a-side (futsal) competitions.
Kwun Tong District
Hong Kong has excelled in the sport of canoe polo and achieved remarkable results in the Asian Canoe Polo Championship. Since the 1980s, many outstanding players have emerged from Kwun Tong, thanks to the commitment of the district to promoting the sport.
The Kwun Tong District Leisure Services Office organises training courses for beginners on a regular basis to raise public interest in canoe polo. Fun day-cum-carnivals are also held from time to time at Kwun Tong Swimming Pool to introduce the participants to the fun of the sport.
Football is a team sport that demands co-operation among the players. The Islands District Leisure Services Office organises football activities including training courses, competitions, and promotion days to help the local community explore the benefits of sports and develop a stronger sense of belonging. These activities also aim to enhance interest in football and help the relevant National Sports Association identify potential athletes for further training.
Tuen Mun District
Wu Shan Bowling Green is the first outdoor artificial lawn bowling green provided in the district by the LCSD. For years it has served as an ideal practice ground for lawn bowls enthusiasts.
Efforts have been made by the Tuen Mun District Leisure Services Office to promote lawn bowls as a major sport of the district. Through the training courses, fun days and programmes for the elderly regularly organised by the Office, participants can acquire the basic skills of lawn bowls and sample the delights of the sport.
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Yuen Long District
Swimming is the signature sport of Yuen Long. The Yuen Long District Leisure Services Office organises a series of swimming activities for the public, from which talented swimmers are identified to receive further training with the relevant National Sports Association.
Yuen Long District has seen rapid development and population growth in recent years, with teenagers accounting for a large proportion of its residents. To further promote sports in the community and make good use of its facilities, the Yuen Long District Leisure Services Office runs a rugby promotion programme and names rugby the most representative sport of the district. The programme, which is co-organised by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union and subsidised by the Yuen Long District Council, will provide local teenagers with more sporting opportunities and options, and help them form the habit of exercising regularly.
Tsuen Wan District
Dance activities are suitable for all ages. Dance classes and fun days are organised in Tsuen Wan District to encourage the public to participate in dance activities regularly and make exercise a habit so as to establish a healthy life style.
The Tsuen Wan District Leisure Services Office organises a variety of dance activities such as demonstrations, dance night and competition. They provide great opportunities for dance lovers to share experience and refine their dancing skills.
Kwai Tsing District
“BMX” is short for “Bicycle Motocross”, a sport that originated in California, the United States, in the early 1960s. BMX races, which are held on tracks built on compacted soil with jumps and banked turns, appeal especially to thrill-seeking youngsters. The sport has seen rapid development in recent years and was included as a new event in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club International BMX Park in Kwai Tsing District is the territory’s first BMX training and competition venue of international standards. Managed by the Hong Kong Cycling Association, the Park opened to the public in October 2009. Activities including BMX fun days and training courses are regularly organised by the Kwai Tsing District Leisure Services Office to promote the sport.
Air-gun shooting has grown in popularity in recent years. The Hong Kong ISSF Air Gun Shooting Centre at Kwai Shing Circuit, Kwai Chung, is the first indoor public air-gun shooting training centre of the LCSD. Converted from the former Jockey Club Kwai Shing Public Squash Courts, the Centre opened in June 2009. Under the management of the Hong Kong Shooting Association, the Centre provides 20 shooting lanes, each 10m in length. Air-gun shooting activities are organised by the Kwai Tsing District Leisure Services Office on a regular basis for the wide promotion of this newly-popular sport.
Table tennis is one of the favourite activities in North District. There are dedicated venues for the sport, enabling the residents to play table tennis in their spare time.
The North District Leisure Services Office regularly organises table tennis activities such as training courses, play-ins for the elderly, carnival, district age group competition and team competition, which help increase public interest in the sport and promote its development at the district level.
Tai Po District
The lush, rolling countryside of Hong Kong is home to many historic sites and distinct landforms.
The Tai Po District Leisure Services Office organises hiking activities with themes such as “nature”, “scenery”, “heritage” and “family”. Participants will be able to immerse themselves in the rustic charm of the countryside through direct contact with nature and visits to places of historic or scenic interest.
Table tennis is an exercise of moderate intensity. It is good for training reflexes and the mind, and is very popular among the residents of Tai Po District.
To promote and develop the sport, the Tai Po District Leisure Services Office organises a variety of table tennis activities. Participants of different ages can receive professional coaching and pit their skills against each other.
Sha Tin District
Wushu activities at the community level are useful in identifying athletes suitable for further training.
The Sha Tin District Leisure Services Office organises a varied programme of wushu activities including training courses, open events and fun days, which helps introduce beginners to the sport and provides a platform for wushu practitioners to enhance their skills.
Sai Kung District
Situated in the east of Hong Kong, Sai Kung District boasts an extensive coastline that is conducive to the development of a variety of water sports.
The Sai Kung District Leisure Services Office regularly offers courses in canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and dragon boat training. Participants have the opportunity to acquire water sports skills and water safety knowledge while enjoying the summer fun.
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