(CHINA DREAMS FOOTBALL: THE
RISE OF PRIVATE SPORTS SCHOOLS. AS CHINA GROWS MORE PROSPEROUS,
MANY MIDDLE-CLASS PARENTS ARE UNWILLING TO SEND THEIR
CHILDREN TO STATE-RUN SPORTS SCHOOLS. INCREASINGLY THE PRIVATE
SECTOR IS STEPPING IN AS A DOMINANT FORCE IN THE
SPORTS SCHOOL MARKET. AFTER THE 2008 BEIJING
OLYMPIC GAMES, INVESTMENT POURED INTO THE
CHINESE SPORTS INDUSTRY. FOOTBALL HAS EMERGED AS ONE OF
THE BIGGEST BENEFICIARIES, AS CHINA ENTERS INTO A NEW AGE OF
COMMERCIALISATION IN SPORTS.) (OLYMPIC GAMES
AFTER BEIJING 2008) (SPORT) (CHINA) (LEGACY OF BEIJING 2008) (CHINA TRANSFORMS) (OLYMPIC GAMES) (COMING OF AGE:
CHINA AFTER BEIJING 2008) (EVERGRANDE FOOTBALL SCHOOL WAS
ESTABLISHED IN 2012. IT’S THE FIRST PRIVATELY-OWNED
SPORTS SCHOOL IN CHINA. THE $200 MILLION FACILITY HAS
50 FOOTBALL FIELDS, AND IS STAFFED BY COACHES FROM
REAL MADRID FOOTBALL CLUB.) (CURRENTLY IT HAS 2,600
STUDENTS, AGES 8 TO 18, DRAWN FROM 31
CHINESE PROVINCES.) (CHINA DREAMS FOOTBALL: THE
RISE OF PRIVATE SPORTS SCHOOLS) The goal for our school
is put forward by our founder Mr Xu Jiayin – to promote football in China
and cultivate football stars. What we are doing
has never been done before. We are exploring a new path
for football schools, which is different from that of
traditional football schools. A new kind of school
that emphasises children’s academic development and their athletic development,
in a way that adheres to Chinese cultural traditions. Competitive sports in China is
undergoing rapid development. Because of
the whole nation system, sports schools have been built
all over China. However, they didn’t
understand that kids need to have
academic courses as well. Therefore, most sports students
did poorly in academics. Here in our school, we have
changed that way of thinking. We have put an emphasis
on academics. Students can participate
in football training only when they have finished
their schoolwork. We have 24 coaches
who were trained by Real Madrid Football Club. They live here. They are fully responsible
for all football training. They bring advanced
Spanish football concepts and training techniques. This is our way of cooperation. How do we teach the Chinese
boys to play football here? Something essential
for us is that they can think and make their
own decisions on the field. That is what we mostly stress, so that they can develop
their games similar to ours. How would I define
the Spanish football style? It is a style that involves
a lot of ball combinations, a lot of passing,
always look for depth, width, and, above all, an exuberant
style in which we emphasise that the player himself
can make his own decisions. Because in football
there are many circumstances that coaches cannot control
from the bench, which is why we try to teach
them to be intelligent enough and have the proper training
to make their own decisions. The Spanish coaches here at
Evergrande Football School are really helpful. The principles they impart
to us are that, as a coach, the important thing is not to
teach the players how to play, but to discover their talents. Second is to inspire
your team members. Instead of imparting
everything you know to them, you need to inspire them. As a teacher of literacy
classes in a football school, you must understand football, even be very familiar with it, if you hope to attract children to your class. I started watching football
when I was a few years old – since 1981, when Zeng Xuelin
led the Chinese football team to an inevitable failure. So they will pay more attention
to your literacy class… I think the fact that I’m a
football fan is my advantage. The teachers here are different
from the teachers at my former school. They are not teaching
just the subjects, but connecting subjects
with football as well. Bringing academic subjects
and football together makes you more interested
in learning the subjects. A new subject called physics
is added in Grade 8. This course helps us
to understand which part of the ball
we should kick while training, and how to use our strength
to kick the ball, so it helps us to
play football better. Academic courses are
very important at our school. If you are not good with
your basic academic studies, you will not be able to
play football very well, because playing football also
relies on the use of our brain. Meanwhile, if you don’t do well
in your studies, you can’t play on a team. Our goal is to cultivate
two kinds of people. The first are
intelligent football players. The second are intellectuals
who know how to play football. We want to tell everyone that
students do not come to our school merely
to play football. They come here with football
as their hobby. In the end, with good scores, they can pass university exams
and go back to society. (IN APRIL 2016,
CHINA UNVEILED A PLAN TO BECOME A “WORLD FOOTBALL
SUPERPOWER” BY 2025.) (THE GOVERNMENT
PLANS TO HAVE 50 MILLION CHILDREN AND ADULTS
PLAYING THE GAME, 20,000 FOOTBALL
TRAINING CENTRES, AND 70,000 SOCCER FIELDS
BY THE YEAR 2020.) (PRESIDENT XI JINPING HAS SAID CHINA SHOULD WIN THE WORLD CUP
IN THE NEXT 15 YEARS.) When we came to this school, the first thing we
thought was that in Spain it was inconceivable
to have a school like this. I believe that for the
development of football, it is important to start
from the foundation – start with the children who are going to be the future
footballers of the country. It is necessary to
have better facilities, the best facilities,
the best fields, and better places
for living and studying. China invented football. As the country
which invented football, China is lagging behind
in the realm of football. It is a fact that cannot be
accepted by Chinese people. Therefore, it has become
appealing to a majority of people to promote football
in China. The government, in line
with public opinion, has elevated football
to be part of our nation’s development
strategies. It is under these
circumstances that we have started building
football schools. We are building football
schools all over China. Football becoming a major sport
is one of the biggest changes for China’s sports schools. By emphasising
football training in schools, it will improve
students’ physical condition, as well as encouraging
more kids to play football. And, for us, we will have
a bigger talent pool. We really shouldn’t
try to hurry the process. This is what we need to
keep reminding ourselves of. Even our chairman Xi Jinping
has mentioned that it is a long process
to train football talent. We must take it step by step. We must not destroy our kids
with excessive enthusiasm, only to seek quick success
and an instant result. I think that is the hardest. I believe football will rise
in China in ten years, because now China has begun
to focus on football. What China decides is important will definitely be raised
to a much higher level. (COMING OF AGE:
CHINA AFTER BEIJING 2008)

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6 thoughts on “China Dreams Football: The Rise of Private Sports Schools | Coming of Age

  • February 27, 2017 at 5:21 pm
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    un sueno de cada jugador

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  • February 27, 2017 at 5:31 pm
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    haha they will never win the World Cup

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  • February 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm
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    China is not going anywhere any time soon but hey with all that effort and money invested who knows man.

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  • February 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm
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    Hi olympic i want to know if you are going to upload the official film of the 1952,1960,1972,1980,1984,1988 olympic summer games thanks

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  • July 15, 2018 at 12:53 am
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    Great stuff!!!

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