Leicester Footballers Set to Showcase Talent in China
audience of up to 3 million is expected to watch a football team from the
University of Leicester in an exhibition match just weeks before the World Cup
from the University have been offered the unprecedented opportunity to act as
national ambassadors through a forthcoming tour to the sub-tropical,
south-eastern city of Fuzhou in China, between the 17th and the 26th April 2002.
city of three million people is the administrative centre of the province of
Fujian, an area rich in cultural and scenic beauty and boasting a population of
hosts in China will be the Fuzhou-Napier College, which specialises in teaching
English, Business Studies, and Applied Computer Technology and is part of Fuzhou
University. The university is a prominent educational establishment in China
with 20,000 students.
co-ordinator Kevin Briggs said the trip offered many opportunities for
increasing links between the UK and China.
added: "The tour will also capture the swelling tide of enthusiasm that has
accompanied China's qualification for the World Cup finals, to be held in
neighbouring Japan and Korea just five weeks after the tour's conclusion."
China the University of Leicester will be represented by its football club, the
largest of all its sport societies, which fields five teams and whose players
regularly compete to the highest national level. The touring squad of 23 players
reflects the broad spectrum of talents, footballing and vocational, that drives
players will be coached by former professional footballers Ted Nethercot and
Martin Roderick, and managed by Leicester's Sports and Recreation Manager, Colin
said: "We are the first University soccer team ever to tour China and that
in itself is a great honour. This is a great opportunity to cement the links
between the two universities. It's a first in many ways, first touring
university side and first time in China for many. It should be brilliant and
extraordinary experience for all in the touring party."
scale of the welcome that awaits the University's touring party has already been
indicated by the securing of a Chinese provincial television deal for one of the
three 'goodwill' matches that are to be played against the host institutions.
This live broadcast will attract a television audience of approximately three
member and football club-captain Jamie Hughes said: "The club is relishing
the opportunity to play international football and to enjoy the beauty of the
Chinese province, and the renowned hospitality of the Fujian people.
The group is seeking sponsorship for the tour. Contact: Kevin Briggs, +44 (0)116 252 3557, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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