Hong Kong Sapling
|Full name||Hong Kong Sapling Football Club Limited (香港港菁足球會有限公司)|
|Ground||Hammer Hill Road Sports Ground|
|Chairman||Mok Yiu Keung|
|Manager||Chiu Chung Man|
|League||Hong Kong Premier League|
Hong Kong Sapling (Chinese: 港菁, known as for sponsorship reasons as Biu Chun Glory Sky) is a Hong Kong professional football club which competes in the Hong Kong Premier League. The team was formed for training youngsters for the 2013 East Asian Games, but was dissolved in 2012.
In the run up to the 2016-17 season, Metro Gallery were forced to voluntarily relegate to the First Division due to financial difficulties. Sapling were reformed in order to fill the void left by Metro Gallery and were able to secure funding from two sponsors, Biu Chun and GlorySky Group.
Reason to form
On 11 August 2011, Mutual withdrew from the Hong Kong First Division League due to financial problems. The Hong Kong Football Association then decided to form a team for training youngsters for the 2013 East Asian Games, as well as to replace Mutual.
The Hong Kong Football Association asked a professional designer to design a badge for the team. After the badge was published, because the badge looked like the badge of Wigan Athletic, people laughed at the badge and called the team "Fake Wigan".
The Hong Kong Football Association then published a new badge for the team.
- As of October 2016
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.