OCT
03
2016
傑志回應政府計劃改變賽馬會傑志中心用地用途的建議 (2016-10-03)
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各大傳媒近日大幅報導政府正計劃在賽馬會傑志中心的用地改建公共房屋。賽馬會傑志中心所處的現址,是由政府通過短期租約,租予傑志基金有限公司,並安排在現有的租約期於2017年9月屆滿後,每年重新洽談續約。因此,政府有權在租約期滿或在續約期屆滿後,不再與傑志基金有限公司續約,收回地皮。

話雖如此,要清晰地討論有關地皮將來用途,可能需要一併考慮一些事實。首先,中心現址地皮目前被規劃為休憇用地,計劃是由康樂及文化事務署發展作康樂用途。除非城市規劃委員會更改土地用途,該塊地皮不能建造公共房屋。
其次,賽馬會傑志中心是在民政事務局的「政策支持」下和經過向其他有關的政府部門諮詢過程,配合政府支持香港足球發展的政策,才可完成選址、設計、建造等過程。

民政事務局2011年在中心籌劃的過程中提供了不可或缺的「政策支持」,傑志才可以成功地租用地皮和獲得馬會在2012和2014年的慷慨的捐助。有賴局方的積極和熱心的支持,傑志作為一個私營球會,才能夠配合政府發展足球的策略,去籌辦一所大型的足球訓練中心。有關的持份者有信心,局方會在傑志能持續營運有關中心的大前題下,繼續支持傑志每年續租有關場地。因此,雖然短期租約祇有四年限期,傑志仍然同意投放大量資源去建造及營運賽馬會傑志中心。傑志基金主席伍健說:「為了香港足球的未來,我們有信心局方會繼續將這個重要的工作,向傑志委以重任。」

賽馬會傑志中心合共花費約港幣8千4百萬元建造而成,當中賽馬會慈善基金總共捐助了6千3百萬元,而傑志亦投放多達2千1百萬元於計劃之中,期間得到各持份者的努力,讓中心得以完滿落成。

賽馬會傑志中心不僅是位於九龍半島和新界的中央,交通方便;更是位於沙田附近的「運動中樞」區,鄰近香港中文大學(運動科學的研究機構)、威爾斯親王醫院(運動科學的醫療服務),香港體育學院(足球以外的運動)等等。放眼未來,傑志正積極與香港中文大學進行磋商,研究在賽馬會傑志中心上蓋加建一層,和中文大學合作發展一個獲得國際足協認可的運動科學中心。

作為這些寶貴資源的守謢者,傑志基金有限公司一直全心全意管理中心,務求為香港提供一所優質的訓練基地,去支援政府發展足球的政策,同時亦承諾長期負擔營運中心的經費。除了作為傑志一隊的訓練場地之外,傑志足球學院亦在中心內為香港青少年足球員提供免費的優質專業足球訓練。

賽馬會傑志中心的使用節數中有百份之三十可由公眾租用,以舒緩沙田區和全港足球場地短缺的問題。香港足球總會亦獲安排免費使用賽馬會傑志中心,作為U13及U14的比賽場地。香港隊不同年紀的梯隊都經常在賽馬會傑志中心訓練。另外,傑志每個月亦會在賽馬會傑志中心舉行兩次公開報名的全港少年單日聯賽,為全港年屆6至12歲的小足球員及其所屬球會、區隊及學校代表隊,提供比賽磨練機會。

賽馬會傑志中心亦是「職業足球員培育計劃」的訓練基地,該計劃是由傑志和董之英中學合辦,全港唯一的為有志成為職業足球員而設的中學足球課程,而課程亦獲得教育局的批准,並被香港足球總會納入「香港足球五年策略發展計劃」內和得到民政事務局政策支持。

傑志相信香港可以找到動輒以百公頃計的地皮去解決香港目前所面對的房屋緊絀問題,但假如沒有了佔地區區1.5公頃的賽馬會傑志中心的存在,香港足球的未來,必定會受到重大的挫折。在過去幾日,社會各界,包括部份沙田區議員及輿論,對賽馬會傑志中心的大力支持,實在令人感動,傑志在此表達謝意。

傑志願意與相關政府部門和城規會,就有關地皮的未來,作出磋商及討論。伍健最後說:「我們深信香港足球會可以持續發展。」

KITCHEE RESPOND TO REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL OF THE JOCKEY CLUB KITCHEE CENTRE

It has been widely reported in the local media that the government is considering a public housing proposal involving the site of the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre.  The parcel of land on which the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre sits, was leased to Kitchee Foundation Limited on Short-term Tenancy (STT) Agreement, with the lease due for annual renewals after September, 2017. According to the Agreement, the Government has the right to take over the property at the end of the lease, or at the end of any annual extension thereafter.     

There are other relevant facts about the parcel of land which should be highlighted in this discussion concerning the future use of the site.  Firstly, the property is zoned as “Open Space”, and was originally intended for the LCSD to develop a recreational and sports facility.   Unless and until the Town Planning Board re-zones the site, it cannot be used to build a housing estate as proposed.

Secondly, the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre project was designed, developed and built under the policy support provided by the Home Affairs Bureau in consultation with other relevant government departments.  The Centre was built in support of the Government policy on the future development of football in Hong Kong.  

The policy support given by the Home Affairs Bureau in 2011 was instrumental in making the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre a reality in the first place.  Without it, Kitchee would not be able to lease the land or to receive the generous donation from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust in 2012 and 2014.  To build a major youth training centre in the private sector, aligned with the government policy to support Hong Kong football, has always been enthusiastically encouraged and supported by the Bureau.  For as long as Kitchee runs the Centre satisfactorily, we have strong reasons to believe that the Bureau will support annual renewals of the short-term land lease for the betterment of the community.  This was the reason why Kitchee agreed to invest such a significant amount of money and efforts to build and to operate the Centre even though the initial lease was only for 4 years.   “We are confident and thankful that the Bureau continues to stand by the position of entrusting us with such a responsibility for the good of Hong Kong.”, said Ken K. Ng, the Chairman of Kitchee Foundation.  

With approximately HK$84 million invested in the construction of the Centre, of which HK$63 million was donated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and HK$21 million from Kitchee, a lot of parties have worked diligently to turn the current Centre from a mere concept into a shining reality.

The Centre is centrally-located and, more importantly, strategically located within the proximity of the “sports hub” in Sha Tin, including the Chinese University (for sports science research), the Prince of Wales Hospital (for sports science clinical services), as well as the Hong Kong Sports Institute (for sports other than football).  With an eye cast towards the future, Kitchee has also been in discussion with the Chinese University of Hong Kong to develop a FIFA-accredited Sports Science Clinic at the Centre by adding a new level on top of the existing buildings.

Kitchee Foundation Limited, being the custodian of these valuable resources, manages the Centre vigilantly since its opening to deliver an excellent facility to support the government policy to develop local football and has taken on the responsibility to fund the on-going operating costs.  In addition of being a training facility for Kitchee’s first team, the Centre provides free-of-charge high-quality football training programmes to young football players in the Kitchee Academy.  
Thirty percent of the playing sessions at the Centre is open to public use which helps to alleviate the shortage of football facilities in Sha Tin as well as in Hong Kong.  The Hong Kong Football Association has made free use of the Centre regularly by staging the U13 and the U14 youth league competitions at the Centre.  Even the Hong Kong Representative Teams often train at the Centre.  Moreover, Kitchee operate an Open Day League on two Sundays every month for local clubs, district sides and school teams with players between six and twelve.

The Centre is also the football training facility for the Professional Footballer Preparatory Program which is an EDB-approved, HKFA-endorsed and HAB-supported secondary school program, operated jointly by Kitchee and the Tung Chi Ying Secondary School.

A lot of effort and resources have been dedicated to the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre project and the benefits of having such a pioneering football centre are felt greatly by the football-loving Hong Kong public.
There might be other land parcels in Hong Kong, often measured in hundreds of hectares that could be used to solve the city’s mounting housing issues. But the future development of Hong Kong football will undoubtedly suffer a huge setback without the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre, occupying a mere 1.5 hectare.

Over the last few days, Kitchee is grateful for the overwhelming public support in the media and the support of many members of the Sha Tin District Council for the continuing operation of the Centre.
Kitchee is willing to discuss with relevant Government departments and the Town Planning Board to reach a reasonable conclusion about the future of the property in question.  Mr. Ng concluded by saying, “We trust that the development of Hong Kong football will prevail.”