The Hong Kong Rugby Union Community Foundation
has teamed up with Laureus, a global sports-based charity that
works to improve the lives of young people, to stage several
community activities during the week of the Cathay Pacific / HSBC
Hong Kong Sevens.
It is the first of an expanded
engagement drive that will see the two sports-based charitable
bodies work closer together in coming years.
engagements are being run under the umbrella theme of ‘Tackling
Barriers through Sport’ and have drawn the support of the Hong
Kong SAR Government.
Laureus encompasses the Laureus Sport
for Good programme, the Laureus World Sports Academy and
Ambassadors Programme and the Laureus World Sports Awards. Since
its inception, Laureus Sports for Good has raised over €100
million for more than 150 projects in over 40 countries worldwide.
The HKRU’s history of partnering with Laureus dates back to
2003, when the HKRU-supported Hong Kong Police charity, Operation
Breakthrough, was included as one of the Laureus Sports for Good
The expanded association with Laureus
around the 2017 Hong Kong Sevens is set to continue throughout the
year as Laureus boosts its presence in Asia with a commitment to
expand its work in the region.
Over the course of 2017,
Laureus will be supporting 18 organisations in 12 Asian countries,
sourcing new potential programme partners for the future and
engaging with local partners, including HKRU, to help build a
strong strategy for the region in order to impact more young
people through sport.
Several globally respected Laureus
Academy members are lending their support to the array of
community activities during the event week, including ex-New
Zealand All Black Sean Fitzpatrick, who was named Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy in 2016.
centre Jean de Villiers and Chinese Olympic gold medallist Li
Xiaoping are also visiting Hong Kong as part of the Laureus
engagement during Sevens week.
“The Hong Kong Sevens is
widely regarded as the finest tournament of its kind in the world
and one of the flagship sporting events in Asia. Over the years, Laureus has partnered frequently with the HKRU around our jointly
supported Operation Breakthrough programme,” said Sean
Fitzpatrick, Chairman of Laureus World Sports Academy.“We are
delighted to be able to team up once again to help harness the
international platform of the Sevens to help youth Tackle Barriers
On Tuesday, Laureus stars were joined by Mr Stephen
Sui, the Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Hong Kong SAR
Government, and the Classic Wallabies touring team, to kick off a
meaningful morning of rugby that featured Deaf Rugby, Inclusive
Rugby and Wheelchair Rugby.
The HKRU’s team of Inclusive
Rugby Officers, as well as Laureus rugby legends like De Villiers
and members of the Classic Wallabies are running the programmes.
Tuesday’s Chater Garden programmes were supported by the
Hong Kong Association for the Deaf, the Hong Kong Paralympic
Committee and the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong
Kong, China (HKSF&OC).
The HKRU has recently applied to
join the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee as it seeks to expand its
rugby offerings for Hong Kong’s physically challenged athletes.
As part of the wheelchair rugby initiative, Mr Andy Barrow,
former captain of the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby team and a participant in three Paralympic Games, three World Championships
and five European Championships, headlined the Wheelchair Rugby
Barrow, who captained Great Britain from 2005
to 2010 before retiring after the 2012 Paralympics, came along to
HKSEVENS Central in Chater Garden for a special Wheelchair Rugby
demonstration on Tuesday afternoon. Members of the Hong Kong
Wheelchair Basketball and other wheelchair sports teams were also
there to try their hands at rugby with Barrow in the
On Thursday, 6 April, the HKRU’s Value of
Sport Luncheon returns to the Sevens Week calendar at the City
Garden Hotel. Organised by the HKRU, the Value of Sport Luncheon
is sponsored by SINO Group, co-organised with the
Consulate-General of New Zealand in Hong Kong, and supported by
the HKSF&OC and the Hong Kong Elite Athletes Foundation.
This year’s luncheon will be preceded by three workshops including
one on Overcoming Adversity run by Andy Barrow.
sessions feature Laureus-supported programmes including Peace
Players run by former Irish rugby international Trevor Ringland.
Peace Players operates programmes that use sport, primarily
basketball, as a way to break down community divides and has been
run successfully in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the West Bank and
The third workshop will focus on how sport
can prevent juvenile delinquency, with former England and South
Africa internationals Charlie Hodgson and Neil de Kock moderating.
The workshop will also include retired Hong Kong Police Chief
Superintendent Ian Seabourne, founder of Operation Breakthrough.
The lunch following the workshops will be hosted by the
New Zealand Consul General Gabrielle Rush and will begin with a
panel session to recap the morning’s workshops.
Black fly half Andrew Merhtens, Fitzpatrick, de Villiers, Li, and
British Olympic gold medallist rower Sir Steven Redgrave will join
this year’s luncheon.
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