Nottingham Forest Community Trust are teaming up with China-Britain FC to develop community football across China!

From 16th-24th September the China-Britain Football Centre will lead three Nottingham Forest Coaches to visit China and run coaching programs aimed at developing China’s youth and community football culture. The coaches will visit the city of Ningbo, Nottingham’s Chinese sister city and the home of the University of Nottingham’s China Campus. They will also pay a visit to the wider province of Zhejiang who have recently signed a partnership agreement with Nottinghamshire.

As China strives towards becoming a world class footballing nation by 2050, seeing an additional 50,000 football schools by 2025, Forest see the importance in developing the game from the bottom-up.

Graham Moran, CEO of Nottingham Forest Community Trust, will be one of the coaches on the trip, he said “it is really exciting for the club to play a role in the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire China agenda. We are keen to use the connections, the University and both local councils have in China and explore how the club can work locally to help grow the grassroots game in China.”

With Nottingham & Nottinghamshire’s strong connections with Zhejiang, thanks to the University of Nottingham’s Ningbo campus and strong civic endorsement, Forest will focus their efforts on two regions: Ningbo and Huzhou.

With the support of the China-Britain Football Centre, Forest will be working with local schools and clubs on how best to engage, inspire and develop community football, supporting local football organisations.

As part of these new relationships, Forest coaches will visit Zhejiang at regular intervals throughout the year.

In August 2018, Nottingham Forest will host the first China-Britain FC Regional football tournament, brining young players from the two cities to take part in football matches with and against local clubs.