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Use of Facilities Provided by Holders of Private Recreational Leases

Private Recreational Leases (PRLs) are special purpose leases granted to organisations that provide facilities for recreational purposes. All leaseholders may, at any time, decide on cooperation with any association or organisation to promote their own objectives and sports development.

The rights and obligations of holders of PRLs are set out in their leases. One of the lease conditions requires that a leaseholder, if requested by a “competent authority” (i.e., the Education Bureau, Social Welfare Department, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Home Affairs Bureau and Civil Service Bureau), should make available specified facilities for the use of eligible outside organisations* for organising recreational and sports activities, subject to certain conditions. Any fee, if charged, should be on a cost recovery basis. Eligible outside organisations are those under the respective purviews of the competent authorities, and include schools, non-governmental organisations, national sports associations, uniformed groups and government departments.

The relevant lease requirement allows a degree of public use of the sports facilities of holders of PRLs so as to help promote sport in Hong Kong.

Please click here for information on the sports facilities provided by holders of PRLs. Please click the links below for information on the details of approved Open-up Schemes (including sports facilities available, fees and charges, opening time slots and contact details) covering a total of 49 venues (Open-up Schemes of the remaining venues are being drawn up by leaseholders) operated by holders of PRLs. This information will be updated as appropriate.

Any eligible outside organisation which is interested in using any of the facilities operated by a holder of a PRL may contact the respective leaseholder or this Bureau (3509 7068 or 3509 7098) for enquiries. If eligible outside organisations wish to complain about using the sports facilities operated by PRL holders, they can lodge their complaints to this Bureau.



*  Eligible outside organisations refer to -
 -  Schools registered under the Education Ordinance;
 -  Non- governmental Organisations receiving subvention from the Social Welfare Department;
 -  Uniformed groups and youth organisations receiving subvention from the Home Affairs Bureau; and
 -  “National sports associations” recognised by the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China and relevant International Federations.

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