Happy Valley coach Chan Hung-ping has criticised the mandatory pre-season fitness test, saying it should be run by the clubs and not by the Hong Kong Football Association. Speaking after all his players passed the Cooper test that requires players to run 3,000 metres in under 12 minutes, Chan said the test should be conducted by the First Division clubs or should be scrapped. 'If a player fails the fitness test, he must make an appointment with the Hong Kong Football Association to take it again. The player would then have to gear himself towards passing the test. But if the club runs the test, he can take the test anytime he wishes. A player might feel better on certain days. There would be less pressure,' said Chan. 'Players are anxious about taking the test and it seems that it takes precedence over everything else. This is not good,' he said. Happy Valley midfielder Cheung Sai-ho echoed Chan's sentiments, saying the test really serves no purpose. 'Instead of training for the start of the season, some players would be gearing themselves towards passing the test, especially if they failed it once. Players should be gearing themselves for the new season and not the test,' he said. The Hong Kong FA introduced the mandatory test four years ago to help raise the standard of football in the SAR. All players are required to pass the test in order to play in the First Division. However, questions have been raised as to whether the test has accomplished what it was set up to do. Hong Kong soccer is still in the doldrums with falling attendances and a serious lack of interest. Crowds were down by almost 20 per cent last season from the season before with no reprieve in sight. The new term looks bleak with a lot of local clubs cutting back on their budgets due to falling gate receipts.