In 2005, the International Olympic Committee Athlete Career Programme (ACP) was established, aiming to encourage members of the National Olympic Committees to support their relative athletes in post-athletic transformation for their second-career development. In response to the call of the IOC, the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China promptly started to prepare the establishment of “Hong Kong Athletes Career & Education Department (HKACED)” and its office in 2006, following which the programme was successfully launched in 2008 and became the first among the three Asian countries / regions to develop this comprehensive programme covering career development, education, life skills training and consultation supports. Recently, the ACP was rebranded as “Athlete365 Career+” and launched new programmes such as the Master of Art in Sports Ethics and Integrity programme and Business Accelerator online course for the provision of more diversified support to athletes’ transformation.
PRESIDENT, SPORTS FEDERATION & OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF HONG KONG, CHINA
The Hong Kong Athletes Career & Education Department (HKACED) aims to deliver three core provisions for elite athletes in Hong Kong: Career, Education and Life Skills. These provisions are to support elite athletes to not only gain respect and self-confidence through programmes organised within these provisions, but also to be able to increase competitiveness in the global market as an influential youth leader.