Programme kicks off with service pledge

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 August, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 August, 1999, 12:00am

Led by Hong Kong Footballer of the Year Yau Kin-wai, more than 300 students helped kick off a training programme with a pledge to serve the community.

The aspiring sports leaders at the 1999 SportCaptain Summer Training Programme launch ceremony were representatives from a group of more than 2,000 secondary students who joined the programme. Participants get the chance to learn skills in 13 sports at 28 workshops and two training camps which run until August 26.

The SportCaptain programme is a part of the Hongkong Telecom GO!SPORT project. Its goal is to educate students in sports administration, officiating, coaching and leadership through organised courses with national sports associations. Now in its sixth year, the programme has already trained more than 7,000 secondary school students.

'We are most pleased with the overwhelming response, which means more students can have the chance to serve their schools and community after completing a series of training,' Sports Development Board director Ip Hay-wood said.

At the ceremony, Yau was appointed as summer ambassador for the 1999 SportCaptain programme.

'Sports and leadership always go hand-in-hand. The participants will learn a lot on leadership through the training sessions,' Yau said.

'Having been involved in sport for more than 10 years, I am glad to have a chance to share my experience and the fun of sport with the younger generation.' The Chinese University of Hong Kong also pledged its continuing support of the programme as a co-organiser for the fifth consecutive year.

The university provides venues and facilities for all training sessions.

In addition, a total of 28 outstanding SportCaptain awards and 20 gold certificates were presented to young sports leaders of 1998 at the launch ceremony. To qualify for a gold certificate, SportCaptains are required to serve the local community for 60 to 120 hours.

Sixth former Kwok Wing-yi, one of the SportCaptains, said: 'The programme had given me the opportunity to know more about other aspects of sports and how to serve the community. During my service in school, I gained both practical experience and confidence which both benefited my personal growth.'