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Supporting Athletes

The HKSI recognises the importance of a whole-person approach to athlete development. It offers athletes educational and career planning services to cater to their different needs at various stages of their sporting careers.

MOUs Signed with Tertiary Institutions as of 2020/21
Elite Athletes Admitted to Tertiary Institutions in 2020/21 under MOUs
Athletes Studying under PSP in 2020/21
Partnership School Athletes Admitted to Tertiary Institutions in 2020/21

Educational Support

Inaugurated in 2015, the Partnership School Programme (PSP) with the English Schools Foundation and Lam Tai Fai College provides a tailor-made curriculum to meet young athletes’ training and education needs, enabling them to train full-time while studying at senior secondary level. A class of 25 athletes graduated in the 2019/20 academic year, and among them, 18 were enrolled in tertiary institutions. In addition to this, 14 athletes successfully joined the PSP for the 2020/21 academic year. As at 31 March 2021, a total of 57 athletes were studying under the programme.

In 2020/21, the HKSI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration of The Open University of Hong Kong in November 2020 to formalise cooperation on developing dual career pathways for elite athletes. As of 31 March 2021, the HKSI signed MOUs with all eight University-Grants-Committee-funded universities and four self-financed tertiary institutions. A total of 28 full-time athletes were admitted to higher diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate programmes in the 2020/21 academic year under the MOUs.

The HKSI also provides general education and career planning services to athletes, such as tutorial support, continuing education subsidies, and scholarships for athletes who are enrolled in the PSP. As at 31 March 2021, 380 athletes received educational support.

The Government’s injection of HK$250 million into the Hong Kong Athletes Fund (HKAF) to strengthen support for athletes’ dual career development has enabled the education grant under the HKAF to be greatly enhanced. These enhancements include relaxing the eligibility threshold, expanding the scope of eligible study programmes, increasing the number of funded programmes and raising the grant ceiling. A new sports certificate grant has also been introduced to support interested athletes in pursuing sports-related certificates. Athletes may apply for grants to cover tuition fees as well as subsistence allowances. In 2020/21, HK$8.97 million of funding was approved to cover the tuition fees of 67 athletes up to the 2025/26 academic year. The recipients were:

Tsui Chun-kit
Chan Ming-tai
Ng Wing-yung
Or Chin-chung
Yeung Nga-ting
Yeung Shing-choi
Beach Volleyball
Lau Tsz-ho
Billiard Sports
Chau Hon-man
Ng Chi-hang*
Choi Kai-yun
Mok Yuen-fung
Law Tsz-chun
Leung Chun-wing
Leung Hoi-wah
Li Yin-yin
Dragon Boat
Lam Ho-tsun
Lau Chin-ho
To Tsz-ching
Ho Yuen-yan
Leung Hou-ling
Leon D'Souza
Jim Man-hin
Ng Yan-yin
Hung Ho-wai
Leung Shing-ho
Tung Yee-yin
Wu Lok-man
Yip Ching-yee
Lawn Bowls
Kwok Wing*
Life Saving
Lam Chin-chun
Alexandra Li
Wong Hock-wing
Ma Lok-hin
Hon Sze-ming
Roller Sports
Lee Chak-him
Lo Ng-shuen
Ho Chak-lung
Liu Kang-yue
Tang Chiu-mang
Yuen Yun-lam
James Cunningham
Fong Kit-fung
Tse Wing-kiu
Chan Ho-ling
Liu Tsz-ling
Ho Yentou
Kan Cheuk-tung
Lim Zhaoguang
Nip Tsz-yin
Sze Hang-yu
Tang Tsoi-lam
William Thorley
Yeung Zhen-mei
Table Tennis
Chiu Kan-shan*
Lee Ho-ching
Lui Ching-nam
Zhang Ling
Choi Yan-yin
Oscar Coggins
Tsang Cheung-sing
Wong Hui-wai
Wong Tsz-to
Ngai Wai-yan
He Jianxin
Lau Chi-lung
Leung Cheuk-hei
Yuen Ka-ying

* Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled

Vocational Development

In addition to educational support, the HKSI also helps elite athletes prepare for their career transition through the Elite Athletes Apprenticeship Programme. With enhanced support introduced in 2020/21, the programme not only enables elite athletes who plan to retire within two years to develop coaching skills and gain practical coaching experience, but also enriches their experience in administration, diversifying their post-athletic career options. The programme has benefited 31 athletes since its launch in 2008, and has been sponsored by the Western Harbour Tunnel Company since 2013.

The Elite Athletes Performance Recognition Scheme, set up in 2015 under the HKAF, has been enhanced with a significant increase in grant levels to recognise athletes’ achievements and provide greater retirement support, enabling them to pursue a second career after retiring from high-level sporting competitions. The scheme has benefited 47 athletes to date.

Social & Personal Development

The HKSI has in place other tailor-made programmes that enable athletes to dedicate themselves to an elite training lifestyle in parallel with their social and personal development.

In 2020/21, 35 online workshops were organised for 415 Scholarship Athletes, offering them learning opportunities in areas such as financial planning, media handling, personal branding and fashion styling.

In 2020/21, a total of 444 elite athletes were accommodated at the Athlete Hostel, which provides a comfortable and professional environment for elite training and living.