Without question one of ISC proudest moments to date was being asked to support the occasion of His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge's visit to China, as a part of the British Councils organised Premier Skills showcase event at Nanyang High School in Shanghai.
ISC director Paul Hughes who is a Head Coach on Premier Skills and former coach within a Premier League club. Took responsibility initially to lead a group of PE teachers over an intense two day face to face training intervention prior to the event day with His Royal Highness and distinguished guests. Although time was of the essence all the teachers and event staff really pulled together as one big team in the build up and on the day to make the event such a fantastic success.
Following a very successful Premier Skills showcase festival which encompassed a large scale on pitch demonstration managed by the PE teachers, with a huge crowd of onlookers and excited players. Whilst the Head Coach and Senior Manager at the British Council China were both fortunate enough to have had the responsibility to have lead his His Royal Highness around showcasing key areas of the event as well as the global Premier Skills delivery model.
We were also joined on the day by a number of football stars from China including Mr Yu Tao a current player with Shanghai Shenxin Football Club; Liu Jun, a retired player with Shenhua Football Club; and Mr Cheng Yaodong, a retired player Shenhua Football Club and now Head Coach at Shanghai Shenxin Football Club. For all involved it was a very special event to be a part of and it was a real pleasure to have talked with His Royal Highness on football which is clearly an area of both our passions.