Rangers launch first Chinese Soccer School
The partnership between the Scottish Premiership club, YCIS and MultiSport will provide weekly coaching sessions and camp events as well as offering coach education and opportunities for groups to visit Scotland and experience training and games.
Rangers said that they hope in the future there will also be opportunities for individual players to visit Scotland and experience the club's elite academy.
There are currently 120 boys and girls attending coaching sessions each week and Rangers will look to develop the programme and increase numbers over time. The club have placed a full-time member of staff in Shanghai, who will oversee the programme and play a key role in creating a structure similar to that of the club’s domestic Soccer Schools.
Soccer Schools Manager Gary Gibson said: “China has been an area of focus for our international department and is an area that we are looking to develop in. The partnership between the club, Multisport and YCIS will be pivotal in allowing Rangers’ to develop in this market.”
Mark Hateley, Rangers business development manager, added: “We are trying to be one of the first football clubs to establish a working relationship with China, and this is an ideal opportunity for Rangers Football Club to do so. The timing is right, the Club is on the up at the moment and the profile, with our current manager, is as high as it’s ever been."
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