A district of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, has recently agreed a five-year deal with Portuguese giants S.L. Benfica FC to develop campus soccer in the region.
Under the partnership, commences this October, Benfica will send a group of trainers to 6 schools in Hangzhou to teach both the students and PE teachers as year-round residents for the following 5 years.
The youth trainers of the Benfica FC will regularly pick out talents from these Hangzhou-based schools to take part in both summer camps and winter camps to be held in their headquarter which is located in Lisbon, Portugal and also play friendly games with Benfica academy teams.
The training equipment, which include soccer, are all imported from the Europe in order to help the students experience more authentic European soccer.
Zhang Hongjian, an official of Hangzhou, hopes the partnership will enable both Jianggan District and Hangzhou to significantly enhance the presences in the sport.
Source: Youth Times