Good news came on September 4 that Yi Liuyi, Wang Kang and Zhang Siyuan from Huangqiao Experimental Primary School in Xiangcheng District have been selected into the U-12 team of Jiangsu Suning Football Club. The three young players have also been admitted into Nanjing Foreign Language School as students with sports talent.
Jiangsu Suning, a Chinese Super League (CSL) club, once had 5 teams of U-13, U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-19. Its U-12 team was newly formed at the end of July this year. The 25 players selected will start their quasi-professional football career, continuing their studies in Nanjing Foreign Language School and receiving football training in Jiangsu Suning.
“The selection of three students into the Suning U-12 team shows that our school’s efforts in football education have paid off,” said Ma Haiqing, principal of Huangqiao Experimental Primary School. He introduced that since 2014, the school has made great efforts to cultivate campus football culture, helping students become physically and mentally stronger through playing football.
The school’s Xiangcheng Football Team was established in December 2014 and has expanded from 10 to more than 100 players who are divided into three echelons. It won the championship in the Gusu Evening News Cup Youth Summer Football Competition in the past summer vacation.
The three student athletes selected into the Suning U-12 team were all members of Xiangcheng Football Team.