By SARUN SAELEE
*This review is applicable to badminton only*
Fa Yuen Street Sports Center (花園街體育館) covers three floors of the Fa Yuen Street Municipal Services Building. It has one dance room, which can also be used for yoga and judo classes; two multi-purpose rooms; one fitness room; four squash courts, which can either be converted into multi-purpose activity rooms or three table tennis rooms; and one separate table tennis room.
One multi-purpose main arena with an area of 623 square meters is also available on the 13th floor of the building. It can be converted into one basketball court, one volleyball court or three badminton courts. Very often, the arena has been used for netball games. Regarding the way to the sports center, it is very convenient and easy to come as the location is very near the Mong Kok MTR station. Please refer to the previous entry “Fa Yuen Street Sports Center—Direction”.
The sports center opens from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, except its maintenance days. The maintenance days take place on the first and third Monday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; however, the schedule will be changed to the next working day if it falls on a public holiday.
On the 13th floor, the total area of the floor is quite limited but well managed. Toilets and changing rooms are located inside the sports hall. So, they can be found very easily, and sports players can go to the toilets conveniently. The toilets and changing rooms are clean with the installation of good ventilation. Shower rooms are also provided.
For the badminton courts of Fa Yuen Sports Center, although there are only three courts provided, the quality is of high standard. The surface is very clean and not slippery while the light inside the arena is not too strong. The ceiling is also high with wise installation of the air-conditioning line which will not interrupt the flight of birds during the games.
However, since it is the multi-purpose sports hall just like other sports centers in Hong Kong, there are many lines used for different sports drawn to the court. So, badminton players sometimes may get confused and make wrong decisions during their games.
Moreover, the number of the staff is too few, so sometimes they are unable to convert the court from one sport to another as fast as expected. In order to tackle this weakness, the staff should be ready before the time of each session will be ended and work a bit faster and more energetically.
Changing room 4/5
Badminton court 4.5/5
Staff personality 3/5
Overall satisfaction 4/5