Conditional re-opening of the Jockey Club HKFA Football Training Centre

2022-04-07

The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) is delighted at the HKSAR Government's announcement of April 6, 2022, that sports premises are allowed to open when being used solely for training by or selection of athletes of the Hong Kong representative team and squad. The Jockey Club HKFA Football Training Centre will re-open conditionally starting from April 11 solely for the training by Hong Kong representative teams and clubs participating in upcoming major or international competitions.
 
To mitigate the risk of infection, the HKFA would closely follow the below requirements imposed by the Government – 
 
(a) all persons should wear a mask at all times except when consuming a drink or having a shower. Venue users who do not wear a mask while exercising must – 
(i) undergo a polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 through combined nasal and throat swabs within 7 days prior to the first entry to the premises and every subsequent 14 days thereafter; and
(ii) undergo a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 every day before entry into the premises and keep record of each test for 14 days;
 
(b) only one team is allowed at the venue per session;
 
(c) venue users must comply with the requirements of the Vaccine Pass. Body temperature screening would be conducted at the entrance and 'LeaveHomeSafe' mobile application must be used. No persons other than those involved in the training or selection of athletes and staff involved in the operation of the premises are allowed within the premises; and
 
(d) all equipment must be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use. Shower facilities may be used subject to infection control recommendations.
 
HKFA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Joaquin Tam said, "We have been in close contact with the Government since the outbreak of this wave of the epidemic and are thankful for the Government's understanding of the urgency to re-open the Jockey Club HKFA Football Training Centre for Hong Kong representative teams and clubs participating in AFC tournaments to resume training.  Many important tournaments will be held in the coming months, including the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, Asian Games and AFC Futsal Asian Cup Qualifiers etc., and it is of utmost importance that our players train and prepare well for these games. We sincerely hope that the pandemic situation would stabilise as soon as possible so that other sports activities would be able to resume as well."