A new training programme has been launched by Hong Kong Squash and the Urban Council aimed at raising standards in the territory. The Urban Council Regional Squash Development Scheme will provide a long-term training scheme for youngsters, aimed at turning raw talent into results. About 200 juniors took part in the first section of the process, the Talent Identification Programme at Hong Kong Park Indoor Games Hall. With support from Hong Kong Sports Institute, Hong Kong Squash devised 10 scientific methods to identify talented youngsters aged between eight and 17. Those who showed excellent results in the test will be invited to join the Intensive Training Course. Their fitness, co-ordination and reactions will be examined. 'We are delighted that the Urban Council supports the intermediate training which enables youngsters to have systematic and regular training before they are elevated to regional squad training,' said Tony Choi Yuk-kwan, Hong Kong Squash director of coaching and development. 'We hope that the development scheme will raise the standard of the players and will allow more people to have the opportunity to represent Hong Kong in international events,' he said.