China’s ‘world football superpower’ bid kicks off in Stockport

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The Jiangsu Ladies football team at Stockport Sports Village, United Kingdom, 21st August 2017. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography.

The man that helped coach Wayne Rooney to sporting greatness turns his attention to China’s female footballing stars of the future in a first for Stockport Sports Village next week.

Tosh Farrell, former technical co-ordinator and head of international football development at Everton, is set to welcome an under 16s team from Jiangsu in China that are flying thousands of miles to be trained by the team behind England’s Youdan Trophy – now one of the world’s foremost youth tournaments that attracts everyone from Manchester United to Seattle Sounders to compete.

China’s President Xi Jinping has already set his sights on having a world class female team by 2030 and next week’s Stockport event – which is being run in conjunction with Suman Education International and the Jiangsu Education department– is offering the young players some of football’s foremost sporting and technical expertise.

Dean Mohareb, Youdan Trophy tournament director, said: “It’s a true honour to be welcoming the Jiangsu team to Stockport Sports Village and having the chance to offer our expertise to a country with such an exciting footballing future.

“The Youdan Trophy has built an enviable reputation as the place to see the very best stars of the future and we hope our training will help ensure Asian’s best players will be joining us in the coming years.”

Sheffield-based You-Are-The-Ref.com, which is the world's leading independent authority and education platform for match officials, are behind the creation of the Youdan Trophy competition which celebrates football’s first ever tournament; the Football Challenge Cup presented by Thomas Youdan Esq. which was played only once in 1867 at Bramall Lane.

Demand for the expertise of the tournament is seeing a growing list of young foreign teams coming to the UK for training.

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