March 22, 2018
The University of South Wales (USW) is working with the Beijing Sport University to develop the next generation of football coaches.
The universities have signed a strategic partnership agreement to formalise their partnership and to work together on curriculum and research development.
It will see the universities collaborating to develop football coaching at a grassroots level as well as at the high-performance end in China.
There has been a recent influx of investment in China, which has seen 20,000 football-themed schools opening in recent years with the goal of producing more than 100,000 players ahead of the 2050 Football World Cup.
As the Wales squad prepared to take on the hosts in the China Cup on Thursday 22 March, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Wales, Professor Julie Lydon, signed the MOU along with Professor Cao Weidong, Chairman of the Beijing Sport University Council.
Professor Lydon said: “We are very pleased to be working with the Beijing Sport University, who have a long tradition of nurturing sporting talent. With the growth of the football industry in China over recent years, our academic staff have already established a number of partnerships within the region.
“This will enable us to share and enhance knowledge, to develop football coaches within China, and to offer a provision to our students that will enable them to prosper within the football industry once they have graduated.”
Recently two academics from the Beijing Sport University, Professor Hi Tan and Professor Mong Ren, spent time at USW, looking at the range of football courses and qualifications available.
USW is working with a number of organisations in China to assist with the development of football coaches and talent. It announced last year that it is working with Cardiff City FC to recruit students in China, to study the BSc Football Coaching Development and Administration at USW’s Pontypridd Campus.
The University and FAW Trust also welcomed a group of 28 students from China last October to learn more about how football and football players are being developed in the UK. The visit was organised by the British Council and the China Federation of University and School Sport.
Professor Cao Weidong from Beijing Sport University with Professor Julie Lydon from the University of South Wales