Consultation on the Review of Private Recreational Leases, 2018
1.1 On the I0th March 2018 the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) released a review of the policy relating to Private Recreational Leases (PRL). Submissions were invited on the recommendations that the PRL Working Group had proposed. This submission is made in response to the Review Document and the recommendations made by the Working Group. This submission addresses the general issues relating to sport provision in Hong Kong and raised by the review.
1.2 Masterplan Limited is a town planning consultancy and has represented many National Sports Associations (NSA’s), sports clubs and other organisations who promote sports or organise sporting events. In addition the staff of Masterplan are active participants in sports and have a wide range of sports experience in Hong Kong and in overseas events. From our professional town planning involvement in the provision of sports facilities, and our personal involvement in sports administration and competition, we have been able to form an assessment of the planned need for additional sporting facilities in Hong Kong.
1.3 Our involvement with field sports such as football, hockey, cricket and rugby, our involvement with indoor sports such as netball, squash and basketball and our experience with watersports such as dragon boating, canoeing, rowing, paddle sports, triathlon, sailing and open water swimming, all present to us deficiencies in provision of high level sports facilities and the human support services to make sport successful.
1.4 It is clear that the competing demands on public funds and organisation mean that there is inadequate capacity in the government system through the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) to be able to meet the needs of competitive sports. Also there is a need for a flexible system of administration to meet the rapidly changing needs of sports, which cannot be provided through the government system.
1.5 The provision of general public recreational sports (as opposed to competitive sport) should remain the responsibility of the government. Government needs to invest more in this form of sport by providing more facilities and introductory training programs. The graduates of this system can then move into competitive sport promoted by the NSA’s and supported by the PRL clubs.