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 four to 17 as well as educating them on all things Everton!
Three EitC coaches are also in attendance to represent the Club’s official charity and hopefully pave the way for future staff to develop their skills and impart their knowledge to others by coaching the ‘Everton Way.’
The charity’s coaches will be working alongside the Sixth Form students in supporting and mentoring their coaching activity whilst continuing EitC’s work in supporting communities worldwide.
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.
Mark Upton said: “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.”
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.”