Published on : Saturday, February 25, 2017
Hainan, the Island of Aloha in China wishes to become a tourist destination with a football academy as an attraction of Barcelona, Spain. Futbol Club Barcelona (FCB) and Mission Hills Group announced a milestone collaboration to make Hainan province a hub of football for China and the wider region. The two giants will together open a major football academy in Haikou in the coming months. At the same time, the interactive FC Barcelona experience area will commence operation today in preparation for its grand opening in 2017.
To quote Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of FCB, “FC Barcelona is delighted to be able to support the growth of the beautiful game in China and help you reach your goal of making this a great footballing nation. Opening our first 100% FCB-managed football school here in China is a huge commitment. It demonstrates our confidence in our partner Mission Hills and in the future of Hainan, as well as our optimism about the footballing talent we expect to find here.”
To quote Dr. Ken Chu, Chairman and CEO of Mission Hills Group, “Since 1992 Mission Hills has been helping to popularise sport and leisure in China — including our flagship sports of golf and tennis — and now we are devoting our efforts to football as well. Mission Hills has a grand vision to create a legacy for football in China through a partnership with one of the most-loved football clubs in the world. We believe our footballing dream can act as a platform for a future generation of footballers in China.” The partnership between FCB and Mission Hills will help increase the profile of the sport in China and support its growth at the grassroots level.