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YMCA 2018 March Perspective

23-03-2018

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Hong Kong’s First Walking Football League Kick-off
Held every four years, the FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia this June and football fans around the world are already buzzing with excitement. The sport of football has captivated billions of people and played by many millions across the planet – but for some, football is out of reach. There is a perception that, due to being a fast-paced and semi-contact sport, football can only be played by younger people – no longer! A brand-new type of football called “walking football” geared towards older people is quickly changing these perceptions.

Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong and our Y-Care CSR partner AXA Hong Kong are proud to present our Walking Football Project, which will see the establishment of Hong Kong’s first walking football league. The launch ceremony is scheduled for 8 April, and we have invited Dwight Yorke, former striker for Manchester United, who helped the team win three trophies during the 1998-99 season, along with Chung Cho Wai, a former Hong Kong footballer to the ceremony. They will take part in the ceremony and demonstrate some walking football skills and tricks. Representatives from the UK’s Walking Football Association will also serve as officiating guests and share some highlights from the global walking football movement. In addition, a walking football demonstration will be given to help the public experience the fun of this new sport.

We first brought walking football to Hong Kong in 2015, and since then we have organised a number of trial days and training courses to attract participants from different backgrounds and walks of life; recruiting over 1,000 elderly participants so far.

Due to the overwhelming response we received from social welfare organisations and individuals last year, we decided to step up our efforts in 2018. The result is the “Walking Football Project 2018-2020”. After the launch in early April, the project will invite qualified instructors from the UK Walking Football Association to Hong Kong to train local coaches and referees and offer assistance in drafting game rules. Participants will also receive pre-game and post-game physical assessments to evaluate the physical and mental benefits of playing the sport. Our ultimate hope is to enhance the acceptance and recognition of walking football while boosting its popularity.

Along with Dwight Yorke and Chung Cho Wai ,representatives from the UK Walking Football Association will also serve as officiating guests at the kick-off ceremony and share some highlights from the global walking football movement, while Chung Chi Kwong, a well-known football commentator, will also participate in the walking football demonstration.

To give our members and guests a fun hands-on (or feet-on!) experience of this new sport, we will host a Walking Football Trial Day on 26 March at our New Territories Centre. Anyone aged 50 or above is welcome to join. Soon after, we will be organising a Walking Football League with regular games to give older football players a chance to shine as well as work together to deepen friendships, expand their social networks and promote this emerging sport. For more information on Walking Football and registration of Hong Kong’s first Walking Football League, please click here.

Walking Football Project 2018-2020 Kick-off Ceremony
Date: 8 April 2018 (Sunday)
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: Stars Atrium, 1st Floor, Plaza Hollywood, Diamond Hill, Kowloon
Inquires: 2898 0752

Walking Football Trial Day
Date: 26 March 2018 (Monday)
Time: Two sessions – 10:00am to 11:30am and 11:30am to 1:00pm
Venue: New Territories Centre: 32-40 Kwai Shing Circuit, Kwai Chung, New Territories
Inquires: 2898 0752 / 2420 0266
Click here for online registration

 

 

What’sNew?
Institute of Christian Ministry Recruits Students
Institute of Christian Ministry Recruits Students Institute of Christian Ministry Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong is launching a new theological curriculum to nurture young evangelical ministry officers; both part-time and full-time theological courses are available for working students to equip themselves for the challenges tomorrow.

Please click here for course details at Institute of Christian Ministry.

 

 

Activities Highlights
Youth Volunteer Training
Youth Volunteer TrainingY-Care Corporate Partner Hong Kong Hachiban Limited has been supporting the ‘Sunny Teen Volunteer Leadership Training Scheme’ in youth volunteer training since July 2017. Young volunteers of the programme have participated in training camps and workshops to master the skills of practical services. After 5 months of training, the young graduated volunteers and the Hachiban volunteer team served at Home of Love - Yung Shing Sheltered Workshop, Chinese YMCA Kindergarten and elderly centres respectively, offering their strengths to those in need.

It is expected that more young people will join the volunteer scheme in the future to benefit more disadvantaged people.

 

“Play and Learning through Games” programme
“Play and Learning through Games” programme As long as parents show their children love and patience, the possibilities within children become countless. To encourage parents to motivate their children, Giormani, our Y-Care CSR partner has been supporting “Play and Learning Through Games” programme. The Company previously sent its volunteer team to participate in a series of activities, included adventure day camp, rock-climbing training and ballooning twisting workshop, to help explore the talents and interests of children; these activities can also foster children's morality and discipline, as well as the physical and mental development.

 

 

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