Five-Year Development Programme for Team Sports 2018-2023
In order to enhance the development of team sports, the HKSAR Government has launched the “Five-year Development Programme for Team Sports” (the Programme) in January 2018. The HKSI has been appointed as the delivery agent to provide administrative support and professional advice for the Programme, which covers eight team sports with team size of five or more featuring in the Asian Games or Asian Winter Games, namely baseball, basketball, handball, hockey, softball, ice hockey, volleyball and water polo.
The Programme provides additional funding to the eight relevant National Sports Associations (NSAs) to formulate and implement training programmes for Hong Kong to compete in the Asian Games or Asian Winter Games. It also provides financial support to over 200 members of the Hong Kong teams. The aim of the Programme is to enhance the performance of team sports progressively and increase their chances of attaining elite sports status in future.
Under the Programme, the relevant NSAs are required to submit an annual training plan. Each representative team will receive funding of $420,000 to $600,000 per year (from 2019 onwards) depending on the number of team members (the maximum number of athletes allowed to register in the Asian Games or Asian Winter Games) for programme and training expenses such as employment of coach, procurement of sports and training equipment and overseas training/competitions. Funding would be increased if NSAs achieve the targets in each stage. Apart from the above funding support, members of Hong Kong team would receive a monthly allowance of $4,000 if they meet the training requirement.
The list of National Sports Associations:
Baseball – Hong Kong Baseball Association
Basketball – Hong Kong Basketball Association
Handball – Handball Association of Hong Kong, China
Hockey – Hong Kong Hockey Association
Softball – Hong Kong Softball Association
Ice Hockey – Hong Kong Ice Hockey Association
Volleyball – Volleyball Association of Hong Kong, China
Water Polo – Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association