The LCSD continued to run the Sports Subsidy Scheme, which provides
financial assistance to sports associations for organising sports events,
training programmes and competitions. In 2003, the department spent $38.4
million on 5 524 sports programmes which attracted over 537 000 participants.
Among the most popular programmes were the Youth Football Scheme, New
Generation Table Tennis Training Courses, Youth Windsurfing Promotion
Scheme and Youth Wushu Training Scheme.
During the year, the National Sports Associations
concerned were given subsidies under the scheme to organise the World
Hong Kong Luminous Dragon Dance and Lion Dance Championships and the Asian
School Volleyball (Boys) Championships.