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Booking for free use of leisure facilities on Sport for All Day 2016 to commence this Sunday
     Sport for All Day (SFAD) 2016 will be held on August 7 (Sunday). The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will open its leisure facilities for public use without charge and organise free recreation and sports programmes at designated sports centres in the 18 districts. Members of the public are encouraged to join with their families and friends for a healthy Sunday.
     Booking for free use of leisure facilities and crafts at water sports centres on August 7 can be made at the Leisure Link booking counters at LCSD venues from 9am this Sunday (July 31) on a first-come, first-served basis.
     The leisure facilities available for free use on SFAD 2016 include:
* Indoor Leisure Facilities: badminton courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, netball courts, volleyball courts, squash courts, table tennis tables, billiard tables, sport climbing walls, bowling greens, golf facilities, fitness rooms, activity rooms and dance rooms;
* Outdoor Leisure Facilities: tennis courts, tennis practice courts, bowling greens, batting cages, sport climbing walls, archery ranges and golf facilities (excluding camp facilities, sports grounds and artificial/natural turf pitches);
* Public Swimming Pools (excluding Wan Chai Swimming Pool); and
* Crafts at Water Sports Centres.
     Each person can only book one free session irrespective of the type of leisure facilities. No prior booking is required for public swimming pools. Interested users only have to line up at the pool entrance for free admission on a first-come, first-served basis on the day.
     If a hirer fails to take up a booked leisure facility 10 minutes after the starting time of the booked session, the facility will be reallocated to walk-in participants on a first-come, first-served basis. The facilities shall be used for the same purpose as that for which it has been booked by the original hirer. The user shall surrender the facility to the original hirer immediately upon the latter's arrival.
     The LCSD appeals to hirers to arrive on time and make the best use of the booked facilities. Hirers should cancel their bookings as soon as possible if they are unable to use them.
     Leisure Link patrons may cancel a booking via the Internet before the booked session starts. If the hirer is not a Leisure Link patron, he or she should cancel his or her booking before the start of the booked session via the Leisure Link Self-service Kiosk or submit the cancellation request in person or by proxy at the booking counter of any LCSD leisure venue at least 30 minutes before the session starts by producing a completed booking cancellation form together with the user permit and the original or a photocopy of his or her identity document. Booking cancellation forms are available at the Leisure Link booking counters of LCSD venues or can be downloaded from the LCSD's website www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/aboutlcsd/forms/lcs841.html .
     All users of leisure facilities should observe the existing Conditions of Use of Recreation and Sports Facilities under the LCSD. To ensure cleanliness in public swimming pools, swimmers should also observe the pool rules, maintain personal hygiene and help keep pool water clean.
     Members of the public can also participate in various free recreation and sports programmes on SFAD 2016. In the afternoon of that day, the LCSD's designated sports centres in 18 districts will hold different activities including health talks and exercise demonstrations, fitness corner activities, programmes for persons with disabilities, parent-child sports programmes, and sports participation programmes.
     Enrolment for these free programmes has commenced. Members of the public can register at LCSD District Leisure Services Offices or designated venues on a first-come, first-served basis.
     SFAD 2016 is co-organised by the Department of Health, the Sports Medicine Team of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the Sports Medicine and Health Science Alumni Association of CUHK, the Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China, the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Physically Disabled, and the Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability.
     For details of SFAD 2016, please refer to the designated webpage www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/sfad/2016/index.html. For enquiries, please call 2414 5555.
Ends/Monday, July 25, 2016
Issued at HKT 11:30
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