Going for goal When I play football with my friends, I'm always filled with envy as I can't play football as well as them. Is there any club/organisation (except the Hong Kong Football Association) which provides lessons that aren't too expensive, so I can improve my skills and training? I can't run very fast or kick very hard. Harry Sandhu There are a handful of specialist private companies that offer this kind of football coaching. The Hong Kong Football Academy is one. They employ ex-English League professionals who know how to develop the specific skills you mention. The Academy has recently resumed training programmes at Disco-very Bay, Sai Kung, Sandy Bay, South Island School and Kings Park in Kowl-oon and together with ESF Educational Services Limited, conduct after-school sessions that take place Mondays to Saturdays at various venues throughout Hong Kong and Kowloon. Check out www.hkf-academy.com for more details. Band aid My friends and I have been in a rock band for some time now. I keep thinking about getting into the music business young. Maybe even overseas in the US, but that's just a dream. Are there any record companies in Hong Kong that support English-speaking bands? If there are, please reply back! The dream is still strong! Singin' Anonymous If you want to become a mainstream rock star, you had better start working on your image. At the same time, you should record a demo and send it around to record companies you like - both local and international ones. One-girl band The Pancakes was signed to Elephant records in Spain because of her demo tape. You can find record companies' contacts and addresses on the Internet. You can also send you work to Inti Kwong at Commercial Radio Channel 903 (3 Broadcast Drive, Commercial Radio, Kowloon Tong). She hosts a popular radio programme which introduces independent bands singing in many different languages. But the best is to try to get into as many performances as possible to polish your skills. Contact Sandy at the YMCA (tel: 2268 7714) regarding show opportunities.