BFCitC’s international network continues to grow as Chief Executive Officer, Neil Hart, recently embarked on a trip to China to continue to develop the charity’s overseas community provision.
The trip was facilitated through PDC Sports, the charity’s official authorised partner in China and Southeast Asia, who work closely with BFCitC staff to deliver a number of community football programmes across these regions. The delegation included Neil Hart, Paul Wozny, BFCitC’s Head of Football Development (Overseas), and the PDC Sports team (David Teo and David Shaen).
The visit included a strategic cooperation signing ceremony with the Jiangxi FA in Nanchang City, the capital of Jiangxi Province. The signing is a further milestone in BFCitC’s commitment to supporting and delivering education and sporting provision in Jiangxi.
The team then travelled to Xiamen and Fujian to meet with government and football officials from further provinces in China to discuss collaboration opportunities.
Neil Hart said: “BFCitC is committed to reaching out overseas to support grassroots football and community provision, with this latest trip to China proving to be a real success.
“The strategic cooperation signing ceremony with the Jiangxi FA and the time spent meeting with the government and football officials from Inner Mongolia was incredibly valuable and insightful. I had the privilege of meeting some great people and there is a real desire to engage with us.
“We look forward to strengthening partnerships and working closely with such innovative individuals that possess the same integrity and appetite for supporting grassroots football and community provision as ourselves.
“Thank you to PDC Sports and the team for their ongoing support and shared vision for developing and engaging communities from across China to access and benefit from the many social benefits football can offer.
“Special thanks also to Michael Ge – UCLan’s Director for China. We made some fantastic strides forward on the trip and I’m looking forward to the future and ensuring BFCitC can play its part in lifting communities home or abroad.”