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MEDIA MASS AT MANOR FARM

Cameras focus on Anglo/Sino Football Academy

The official launch of the FDCD Anglo/Sino Football at Manor Farm certainly attracted the attention of the media.

Among the media pack were camera crews from the BBC’s North West Tonight show and the international crew from National State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

The launch commenced with a champagne reception for guests that included representatives of the Chinese Consulate in Manchester, the Department of Trade and Industry for the Asia Pacific region, the British Council in London, Trafford Borough Council, Cheshire County Football Association, Stockport County Football Club along with partners from Beijing and Xinjiang.

After a welcome by FDCD Director Steve Bellis speeches followed by Deputy Consul Mr Lai Bo from the Chinese Consulate in Manchester, Philomena Chen Head of Trade Pacific for the DTI and Councillor Michael Hyman,  Executive Member for Children’s Services for Trafford Borough Council.

Consul Lai pledged the support of the Consulate while Councillor Hyman expressed his delight that the plans for the site had finally been realised.

He said ‘I have been a passionate supporter of Kickworldwide and FDCD’s plans for this site and I am absoluteky delighted to be here today to see those aims come to fruition. I look forward to seeing the site and indeed the relationship with our Chinese colleagues develop and will certainly be looking to support this venture in any way we can’.

Philomena Chen from the DTI also expressed her pleasure at being able to attend having had a long relationship with some of the FDCD Directors that stretched back around 15 years. She said ‘It is a great pleasure to be here today to be part of yet another Anglo/Sino partnership in our region. I have known Steve Bellis and Steve Cartwright for many years and it is great to see that all their hard work developing partnerships in China continues to bear fruit. We look forward to assisting in any way we can’.

The speeches were followed by a sumptuous banquet provided by one of Manchester’s finest Chinese restaurants…Azuma.

Deputy Consul Lai then officially kicked off the Academy by stroking home a penalty to the delight of the esteemed guests and of course the media.

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