The Jubilee Sports Centre Scholarship Athletes Programme has been launched since 1987. However, in 1996, a large number of athletes retired. In order to maintain the friendship developed over the years, the managers of the Sports Institute initiated their support. On April 28, 1996, Friends of HKSI was officially set up in the Jubilee Sports Centre (predecessor of the Hong Kong Sports Institute), which had 58 members and selected the 1st Executive Committee. The establishment of Friends of HKSI marked the birth of the one and only independent athlete organisation and non-profit association in Hong Kong.