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Tranmere Rovers' relationship with China has gone from strength to strength following a number of successful initiatives.
The Club's partnerships with Little London English School, Honder University and the Inner Mongolia Government are set to continue to grow to the benefit of all parties.
Tranmere's involvement in China began in 2016 when it entered into an arrangement with Little London English School which involved a number of people - several of them Tranmere supporters - being recruited to teach English in Hohhot.
The next steps in the Club's China programme came following a visit to the country by Tranmere Chairman Mark Palios and Vice-Chairman Nicola Palios in September 2016 when the relationship was extended to include the Inner Mongolian Government. Inner Mongolia is the first provincial level pilot programme in China’s football development campaign, with Hohhot the first football city in China.
The Club oversees the coaching of 3,000 children at an Inner Mongolian football training camp on the island of Hainan. Tranmere first team coach Shaun Garnett spent December 2016 coaching the youngsters and helping develop the coaching practices of 150 Chinese coaches.
The Club has a 45% stake in an international football school in Hohhot. Following the model of Little London, the school operates at evenings and weekends, and offers football training for all ages. Tranmere are responsible for providing the technical content of the curriculum and providing coaches for the school, with Little London providing the administrative and business functions. The football school opened on April 1st 2017 with coaches recruited by the Club delivering sessions to the youngsters.
In addition to the initiatives with Little London, the Club are also in active dialogue with the government of Inner Mongolia regarding the development of football in the Province, which has been selected for a pilot project by the Chinese FA. As part of the arrangements, 45 Chinese coaches spent a fortnight in Wirral in February 2017, based at the Club's new training facility, Solar Campus.
TRFC China News...
- Shaun Garnett has been appointed Technical Director of Tranmere Rovers China department. Garnett leaves his role as first team coach to take up the new position with immediate effect. His position will see him oversee the technical aspects of the […]
- 2nd intake of coaches from Inner Mongolia arrive at Rovers With the Club’s links now in China, and Inner Mongolia chosen as the pilot province for the development of football in China, this week has seen the second intake of […]
- This week, Tranmere Rovers held an assessment day at Solar Campus for prospective coaches looking to work for the Club out in Inner Mongolia, to ensure that the coaches who work for us in China are of a high quality. […]
- Opportunities to coach in China… Tranmere Rovers is currently recruiting football coaches to go over to China and coach youngsters as part of our initiative with Little London School. The role is based in Inner Mongolia, China, in the capital […]
- A special delegation from Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia, visited Tranmere Rovers yesterday with the aim of better understanding how a professional football club can work with the community to engage with young people. The delegation included the […]