Fifteen teams competed in the final 'Tackle Tournament' of the Youth Rugby Summer Training Scheme 2000 at Shekkipmei Outdoor Sports Ground. The scheme, in its 10th year, was organised by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union and open and students aged between 13 and 19. There was a record 400 applicants this year. Training scheme supervisor Rambo Leung Yung-kit said: 'The scheme aims to provide an opportunity for teenagers who are interested in playing rugby to undergo formal training sessions during which they can enjoy the game safely under our coaches' supervision.' Participants could attend courses at four training centres throughout the SAR. Courses were divided into 12 sessions and coaches started by teaching the rules and basic skills. Managers from the local league attended training sessions to spot players with potential. HKMA Lo Kwai-Sheung College fifth-former Law Man-wai said: 'Even though the course was targeted at beginners, many like me, who joined the course played for their school and wanted to find somewhere to practise during the long summer holiday.' Man-wai was captain of the team from the Tuen Mun training centre and champion of the girls' section. Teammate Tsang Siu-ching, a third former from the same school, said: 'I played in the school league last year. I was introduced to the joys of rugby for the first time last summer and I immediately fell in love with the game. 'I used to think that rugby was a violent and exhausting sport and only for big guys, but after the course I began to realise rugby was actually a lot of fun.' Wan Kim-pong, a fifth former from Sha Tin Tsung Tsin Secondary School, said: 'I played for my school in the local league last year. I wanted to keep myself in good shape for the coming season so I joined the training course, to refine my skills and make new friends. 'Even though it is a beginners' programme, virtually anyone who is interested can join.' Kim-pong was captain of the team from the Ma On Shan training centre and champion of the boys' section. His teammate, Wan Kam- wing, a third former from Yan- Chai Hospital No 5 Secondary School, said: 'It was the first time I joined the programme. I also played for my school in the school league during last term. 'Like Kim-pong, I also want to prepare myself for the coming season and so I joined this programme. I think what they taught us was actually good for both beginners and those who have already been playing.'