By SARUN SAELEE
*This review is applicable to badminton only*
Tai Wo Hau Sports Center (大窩口體育館) provides one multi-purpose activity room, three squash courts, one fitness room and one multi-purpose main arena, which can be converted into one basketball court, one volleyball court or four badminton courts. Spectator stands are available in the main arena.
The sports center is situated not too far from the Tai Wo Hau MTR station while the way to the place is not too complicated. Please refer to the previous entry “Tai Wo Hau 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 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; however, the schedule will be changed to the next working day if it falls on a public holiday.
Convenient restrooms-cum-changing rooms can be found on the ground floor. The rooms are clean with the installation of good ventilation. Shower rooms are also provided inside.
For the badminton courts of Tai Wo Hau Sports Center, the courts are clean and not slippery. The light is a bit too dim, but lines of fluorescent light are wisely installed. It is built on horizontal lines in the hall ceiling, so the flight of shuttlecocks will not be hidden by the light while badminton players’ eyes will not be disturbed likewise.
Due to the availability of the spectator stands, only few chairs are provided beside each court, and they are never adequate for the number of the players, especially for a big group of over 10 people. When they are having a rest after a game, many of them rather choose to sit on the floor than climb to sit in the stands.
Like other sport centers in Hong Kong, there are many lines used for different sports drawn on the surface of the multi-purpose arena. Badminton players hence sometimes may get confused and make wrong decisions during their games.
Changing room 4/5
Badminton court 3/5
Staff personality 4/5