Tranmere Rovers’ International Soccer Academy are continuing to grow after Matt Hunter and Qifan Wu recently spent time out in the Far East developing the Club’s links.
Matt and Qifan spent just over a week out in China visiting local schools and football clubs, putting on coaching sessions and developing working relationships with partners.
The Club has a partnership with the Inner Mongolian Government which dates back over three years ago.
The ISA programme involves sending coaches over to put on sessions for Chinese junior football teams, while students and coaches also visit Tranmere Rovers to further their insight into the game.
And Hunter explained why the trip was beneficial and what they got up to during their stay out in Asia.
Matt said: “The trip has helped further our relations with the contacts that we have in the different areas of China, and to start to put together proposals which lead into solid cooperation and productive work with ourselves and companies, clubs and schools
“We met up with leaders from Inner Mongolia who head up football and the education side of things to discuss the upcoming camp which will start at the end of this month and run until the end of April, so that will work really well.
“We are moving forward with the projects that we are involved with, so it has been a productive trip.
“We then went to Country Garden school in Guangzhou. Country Garden are a state developer, but they have this school which has 1,100 pupils.
“We went to the school and put on a session for the U16s team that they got so it went really well, and they are looking to do some programmes with us.
“It involves sending their kids over to Tranmere for the training programmes and for us to send coaches out to them to run camps and clinics, and possibly full-time coaching roles in their schools.
“There’s a lot of things which Tranmere can help with, and we are going to put forward a proposal about our plans and becoming a partner with the club which would be very good.
“We met with coaches to get their insight on how football can be moved forward in China and the region that we are in, we then watched their sessions to see how they work.”
Hunter feels that there is more room for growth as TRFC’s ISA projects continue to increase, and the potential of programmes in China is exciting.
He added: “We have had a lot of meetings, but it’s been a good trip. It’s the first time I’ve been to the south of China. It is amazing, there is so many opportunities and hopefully there is a lot of room there to work together.”
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