Outdoor pitches/courts are provided by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in the urban area and the New Territories free of charge. These facilities include 5-a-side and 7-a-side hard-surface soccer pitches, basketball, netball, volleyball, handball, gateball, badminton and tennis practice courts, etc. Some of these courts can be used for large scale community events. Most of the venues are provided with floodlights for use at night time.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD)'s new intelligent sports and recreation services booking and information system, SmartPLAY, will be officially launched at 7am, November 9. After the launch of SmartPLAY, most of the applications for booking of non-fee charging recreation and sports facilities will be transferred to the new system for handling. Members of the public can book the sessions of non-fee charging hard-surface ball courts (including sports facilities for team games such as basketball courts, volleyball courts, handball courts, cricket grounds, hard-surface 7-a-side soccer pitches, hard-surface 5-a-side soccer pitches, gateball courts, netball courts, a roller hockey court, beach volleyball courts, beach handball courts, etc) after January 1, 2024. During the transitional period, sessions in December will be allocated in accordance with the existing mechanism. Members of the public can book the remaining sessions in December in advance in respective DLSOs on a first-come, first-served basis starting from November 20.
Since November 1, respective DLSOs has no longer accepted balloting applications of above-mentioned non-fee charging recreation and sports facilities. Starting from December 13, the existing arrangements of booking of turf soccer pitches through online balloting will be combined with the balloting application for non-fee charging hard-surface ball courts for processing as a single application. For more details, please refer to https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202310/30/P2023102700656.htm?fontSize=2.