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Healthcare, Sport and Wellness Sports, Exercise and Recreation Management

Creating Recreation and Play Programmes for Older Persons

Course Code
Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
10 weeks
English, suppl with teaching materials in Chinese
Course Fee
2587 3295
2807 2054
How to Apply


Since the 1990s, many community services for the elderly were developed so as to meet the increasing aged population. There are great demands upon front line professionals to understand, apart from primary care issues, positive and active ageing approaches, recreational requirements and recreation programming for the aged, meaningful play and to be able to provide such services in a planned approach.

Programme Details

This short course aims to provide students working with older persons with the techniques to plan, implement and promote recreation and play programmes to healthy clients. It covers the current practices used to develop appropriate programmes needed by clients and the methods employed to promote programmes to specific groups. The subject focuses on appropriate needs analysis, creativity and the use of promotional tools to develop and deliver successful recreation programmes for older persons.


1. What is recreation? What is play?

2. What are programmes

          - Structure

          - Pricing

          - Content

3. Types of recreation and play programmes

          - For leisure

          - For fitness

          - Hobbies

          - Sport

          -Human development and sustainability

4. Programme models

          - Purpose

          - Addressing needs

          - Appropriate outcomes

          - Attractiveness

5. Needs analysis and appropriate design of recreation programmes

-        Research

-        Risk management

-        Creative ideas generation

-        Programme design

6. Older persons population group

-        Overview of physiological and psychosocial perspectives of older population in Hong Kong

-        Facilities and access for older persons

7. Organisation and Planning

          - Planning documents

          - Resources

          - Financing

          - Evaluation

8. Common promotional tools

          - Poster design

          - Social media

          - Promotion activities

Days / Time
  • Wednesday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2400
  • Third Age Rate : HK$1920 (The course offers 20% discount for aged 60 or above. The number of discount places available in some courses is subject to a quota. Smart Age Learners must apply in person and present their HKID card/Passport for age verification at the time of their course enrolment.)

Entry Requirements

Aged 18 or above.


Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.