The seventh annual “Don’t Drop the Ball” schools programme was celebrated in style with a mass competition at Po Kong Village Sports Ground on Monday (30 June). This year nearly 40 primary and secondary schools took part in the initiative, which was set up to encourage students to participate in sport and lead a positive and healthy lifestyle. The programme – which was launched at 15 New Territories institutions in 2008 and now boasts 37 active participating schools – is jointly co-ordinated by the New Territories South Regional Crime Prevention Office of the Hong Kong Police and the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, with support from Standard Chartered Bank. “The Don’t Drop the Ball programme is one of the union’s flagship community initiatives,” said HKRFU district development officer Lai Yiu-pang. “Its success is due to the great teamwork demonstrated by all the [stakeholders].” Professional HKRFU coaches and volunteer mentors from the Police Rugby Club have been busy this year introducing touch rugby into new schools, while stressing the life skills that contribute to make a successful athlete – commitment, discipline, teamwork and respect. In the secondary schools competition on Monday, NT Heung Yee Kuk Tai Po District defended their boys section title, while De La Salle took the girls silverware. In the primary schools contests, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial won the girls category and ELCHK Ma On Shan Lutheran defended the boys title they won last year.