Academy Hosts Visit From Chinese Youngsters

Wolves today played host to a group of talented young Chinese players including a five-a-side game which was streamed live to thousands of football fans in China.

In a visit organised by Wolves in conjunction with partner organisations Global Image Sports (GIS) and Thomas Cook Sport, the Chinese under-9 players visited the Sir Jack Hayward training ground at Compton Park to enjoy a tour of the facilities as well as the friendly fixture against Wolves.

The players were also accompanied by the well-known Chinese commentator Dong Lu, with the game being streamed and watched live by over half a million fans in China.

“We were delighted to welcome the young players and coaches to the Academy today,” said the Academy’s Head of Coaching & Development Marc Campbell.

“It was a trip organised by GIS and their links both with Thomas Cook Sports in China and another company called Xplore.

“The players are over here to gain experience and had done a fair bit of training elsewhere so it was nice to arrange the friendly five-a-side game against some of our players which took place in the Academy Arena.

“We also took the opportunity to show the travelling party around the facilities at Compton Park and they were impressed by what they saw here.

“All in all it was a very positive experience for everybody concerned and is just another of those relationships that can really help in promoting the work that we do here at Wolves Academy.”