Today (6 April) we celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, which aims to recognize the positive role of sport in impacting people's lives across the globe. Sport for Development is purpose and outcome-driven, and we are proud to share some of the projects we showcased during the Hong Kong 7s month of March!
Kicking off the month with the return of the Ageas Inclusive Inter-School Rugby Sevens Competition, a 7s competition catered for students with Special Educational Needs giving them a sense of achievement and confidence.
This was followed a week later when we hosted 30 families with the Hong Kong Society for the Deaf, sponsored by Wilson Group, where we opened different gaming activities, allowing for children and parents to experience the fun of rugby and learn important values such as communication, cooperation, and encouragement.
The first-ever HSBC 4 x 4 Try Rugby Experience at D-Park provided a great platform for our deaf and domestic worker teams. The venue provided the opportunity for both communities to play an exciting series of 4 vs 4 touch rugby matches in front of a large public audience, shining a spotlight on how rugby can unite communities and enhance social inclusion.
A fitting finale when we welcomed thousands of people from numerous community and NGO groups to experience the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2023. With tickets sponsored through the Jockey Club Sevens Community Program, participants were able to be a part of this local mega event and be inspired by the great skills and sportsmanship shown by the best teams in the world, including our hometown heroes – Hong Kong, China.
All of these projects and events are centered on our mission of building inclusive and healthy communities through the power of sport and education.