Athlete Dual Career Pathway Support
The HKSI – as the delivery agent for high performance training for Hong Kong’s elite athletes – recognises the importance of the whole-person development approach to athlete development, and offers athletes educational and career planning services to cater for their different needs at various stages of their sporting career.
The HKSI has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with 8 University-Grants-Committee-funded Universities and 2 self-financing Tertiary Institutions, namely the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, CUHK (CUSCS), the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the Lingnan University (LU), the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (HSUHK) to formalise the cooperation in development of elite athletes’ dual career pathway of study and elite training. Under the spirit of MOUs, HKSI may nominate its full-time athletes to apply for admission for full-time undergraduate degree / postgraduate programmes / sub-degree programme where applicable for the above mentioned institutions.
The HKSI also has a Partnership School Programme with the English Schools Foundation and Lam Tai Fai College, which was launched in 2015/16 to enable young athletes to train full-time while studying at senior secondary level. The Partnership School Programme with the two schools/organisations covers a range of collaboration such as providing an extended study period, extra tutorials, educational counselling and an online study platform.
Additionally, the HKSI also provides general education and career planning services to athletes through the Athlete Lifestyle Support Services and Programmes (PDF) such as the Elite Athletes Tutorial Support Programme, athletes may receive one-on-one instruction in languages, mathematics and other subjects. Other programmes include the Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme which provides a pathway for athletes to gain on-the-job work experience and prepare for their coaching profession. The Elite Athletes Development Programme provides training in areas such as communication, time management and financial management skills. Athletes may also apply for grants to cover tuition fees as well as subsistence allowance through the Hong Kong Athletes Fund.