October 16th 2013
The searing heat and high humidity of summer are starting to wane, making this the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. Autumn in Hong Kong brings some real relief, and numerous sports clubs and organisations take advantage of the cooler climes and plan activities al fresco. In this Insider Guide to outdoor activities in the city, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Kwiksure to help you find a fun-filled way to make the most of this glorious season.
Get on the Green
Combining golf training and instruction with physical fitness, conditioning and mental preparation, CRM Golf is one of Hong Kong’s leading golf schools. They offer a range of golf-related products and services, such as full swing instruction programmes, short game technique and putting instruction courses. Complementing these are a choice of fitness and lifestyle courses, designed to raise ability and conditioning levels. CRM Golf leads training for individuals and corporate groups at a number of gorgeous golfing locations around Hong Kong.
First established in 1975, Valley Rugby Football Club has grown to become the most successful rugby club in Hong Kong. It’s large grounds and clubhouse facilities in Happy Valley host men’s, ladies’ and kids’ teams, which compete throughout the various leagues in Hong Kong. Valley RFC also works extensively with a number of schools to promote the sport and to provide high quality academic coaching to students. In addition to its rugby teams, Valley RFC also runs ladies’ hockey and netball teams.
A relatively new club on the Hong Kong rugby scene, Hong Kong Scottish was established in 2011 to provide a rugby playing home for Hong Kong’s British expatriate community. The club is closely linked with London Scottish and shares the same club colours and badge. In addition to its senior men’s teams, Hong Kong Scottish also runs junior, netball (ladies) and lacrosse teams, and takes part in the annual Hong Kong Sevens tournament each April.
An established family-orientated boating and yachting club, Hebe Haven Yacht Club celebrates its 50th year in 2013. Set in one of Hong Kong’s best sailing locations, Pak Sha Wan Bay, Hebe Haven boasts extensive marine facilities, and a bar and dining area for members to relax in after a day on the high seas. Through its ‘Development Fund for Youth Sailing’, the club also runs sailing courses, fun days and activities for kids and their parents.
ITS Education Asia is an umbrella organisation comprising of a number of different education groups. They offer a choice of courses, seminars and associated services on a wide range of subjects throughout the year, including summer camps and study abroad programmes. This October, ITS is running a number of Surf, Sea Kayak and Adventure Camps for kids, designed to promote self-confidence, develop new skills and help children learn about personal safety in the water.
Morsports has over 10 years’ experience coaching soccer to kids and adults in Hong Kong. Through its ‘Lets Play Mor Football’ programme, Morsports organises soccer open days on Tuesday and Friday afternoons at the Peak, inviting people of all abilities and ages to relax, enjoy a kick about and have some fun in the fresh air. All Morsports coaches hold internationally recognised qualifications from the English Football Association, and are available to lead sessions at any Hong Kong club or school from Monday through to Saturday each week.
Born to Boat
What better way to spend a sunny autumn day than by cruising around Hong Kong’s idyllic coastline? Intimate Charters offers a range of boats and yachts for hire, along with a number of different itineraries and programmes. Catering to small groups of between two and seven people, Intimate Charters will help you plan a day-long cruise around Hong Kong, stopping off at some of the territory’s most isolated and beautiful places. No need to worry about actually operating the boats or yachts, as Intimate Charters will provide their very own skipper.
Peak Performance offers tennis coaching and guidance for adults and children of all ability levels. They boast two of Hong Kong’s best professional tennis coaches, Roland Liu and Bruce Eaton, who are dedicated to helping players to develop and raise their game at any Hong Kong court. Both coaches focus on installing an ethos of hard work and dedication in order to become a better all-round player. Peak Performance also offers programmes for under 10s, juniors and adults. Tennis camps are held during the holiday periods of Summer, October half-term, Christmas and Easter.
So whatever floats your boat activity-wise, make sure you do it out in the open. Autumn always comes and goes too quickly in Hong Kong, and you’ll be complaining about the searing heat again before you know it!