Students from Everton’s Sixth Form College have arrived in China for a three-week coaching trip to support football development across East Asia.
Around 30 students and teachers have flown to Beijing along with Everton in the Community (EitC) coaches to deliver football coaching sessions to schoolchildren in four cities across China.
In partnership with social outreach group 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, 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 training plans and risk assessments, as well as developing resources for coaching the children ‘the Everton Way’.
Three EitC coaches are also in attendance to represent the Club’s official charity in China. As well continuing EitC’s work in supporting communities worldwide, they will help develop the Sixth Form students’ skills and mentor them during their coaching activity, as they aim to inspire potential EitC staff of the future.
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 Children’s University China.
Upton said: “Once again its fantastic to see Everton Sixth Form College and EitC reach out to positively impact the lives of youngsters here in China. As a lifelong Blue living in China for 13 years, I couldn’t be feeling any prouder than I am 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, and are acting as wonderful ambassadors for Everton here. I’m really looking forward to witnessing their work and impact here over the next three weeks. I’m sure they will return to Merseyside with life-changing experiences which will inspire those around them. I’m really looking forward to hopefully 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.”