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UEL host Beijing Sport University athletes

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 June 2017

The women's football team from UEL visited Beijing last year

The women's football team from UEL visited Beijing last year

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Chinese students visit counterparts in capital

UEL's men played in Beijing last year UEL's men played in Beijing last year

The University of East London (UEL) will be playing host to athletes from Beijing Sport University (BSU) next week, strengthening the links between the two institutions following a visit to the Chinese capital last summer.

BSU is the largest specialist sports university in the world and will be playing men’s and women’s football matches against UEL, as well delivering a coaching session to Kingsford Community School pupils.

During their week-long visit, the Chinese students will also be put through their paces in Applied Sport and Exercise practicals run by UEL senior lecturer Kim Hastings, as well as taking in the sights of London.

The trip will be another big milestone in the developing relationship between UEL and BSU, which was cemented last year by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.

Under the agreement, UEL and BSU will explore ways of establishing student and staff exchanges in the field of sport and related disciplines, working together on joint projects and promoting the development of Chinese language and cultural education at UEL.

A key focus of the partnership will be in helping to develop football in China from grassroots to the highest level, in line with the Chinese government’s strategy to turn the country into a football superpower.

This visit follows UEL’s trip to China last year, where 31 male and female footballers were hosted by BSU for a series of fixtures.

With 22,000 students, BSU is the world’s largest sports specialist university, occupying an enormous, high-tech campus that includes 25 gymnasiums and indoor sports halls and 62 outdoor sports fields.

It is the national centre of excellence for numerous Chinese sports, including gymnastics, volleyball and basketball, and in the last four Olympic Games its students and staff have won 30 gold medals, 16 silvers and nine bronzes.

John White, Interim Director of Sport at UEL, said: “We can’t wait to welcome everyone from Beijing Sport University to UEL for the week and extend our thanks for their hospitality last year.

“We look forward to developing our already flourishing relationship with the by showing them how we’ve become one of the leading universities for sport in London and the world-class facilities we have on offer.

“This is another step on an exciting journey in partnership with BSU.”

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