Students from Everton Sixth Form have arrived in China for a three-week coaching trip to support football development across East Asia.
Almost 30 students and teachers from Everton Sixth Form College have flown into Beijing along with Everton in the Community coaches to deliver football coaching sessions to school children in four cities across China.
In partnership with Children’s University China and China’s largest education group OCEG, the group will be spread across the cities of Shanghai, Yangzhou, Beijing and Shenyang as they spend their time coaching children aged 4-17-years-old as well as educating them on all things Everton!
And ahead of their three-week work experience trip to China, the Everton Sixth Form students were working hard to prepare coaching plans and risk assessments as well as developing resources for coaching.
This is the second consecutive year that Everton Sixth Form students have had the opportunity to gain vital work experience in East Asia thanks to the support and funding of Mark Upton, Evertonian and CEO of the social outreach group, Children’s University China.
Speaking about the visit, Mark Upton said: “Once again its fantastic to see Everton Sixth Form College and EitC reach out to impact the lives of youngsters here in China. As a life-long Blue living in China for 13 years, I couldn’t be feeling any prouder than I do right now. Everton are unlike any other football club – I know the ‘People’s Club impacts the lives of the community in Merseyside massively and now it is doing the same in China!”
“These great young coaches are teaching football skills, teamwork, cooperation, sports English and are acting as wonderful ambassadors for EFC here! I’m really looking forward to their impact here over the next three weeks and I’m sure they will return to Merseyside with life-changing experiences which will impact their lives and inspire those around them. I’m really looking forward to employing some of these youngsters as full time coaches here in China in future years.”
Everton Free School Principal Richard Cronin added: “We are so grateful to Children’s University China and Mark Upton for providing our students with this incredible opportunity to experience a different culture whilst delivering football skills to young Chinese children. This is certainly a life-changing experience which these young adults will be talking about for many years to come.