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32 November 2013 DALIAN PROJECT

Glasgow’s exchange planis theway ahead


Performance coach Craig Robertson travelled to Dalian in China to assess the possibility of establishing an exchange programme between Glasgow and its twin city. The trip provided opportunities to meet key


personnel, visit facilities and view accommodation options for an exchange as well as providing the unique opportunity to look at the playing standards and coaching set-up in China and, in particular, Liaoning Province. During the short trip we met with coaches,

organisers, selectors and facility managers and also visited remarkable facilities with badminton halls set out in large arenas hosting as many as 28 courts. The largest in Liaoning Province has 35 courts. In a country with so many world stars it was obvious why China continues to produce quality players in large numbers. Liaoning Province has produced many players

including world champion and China head coach Li Yongbo,Olympic singles champion Zhang Ning, World andOlympic women’s doubles champion

Yu Yang. The Province has eight current players competing for China and training at their national centre. Future plans will include the development of an

exchange programme and aim to link up with Dalian International Tennis Centre, where the training system is aimed at providing the provincial team with talented players who may represent China in the future. Glasgow School of Sport are working hard to

secure phase one of the exchange. The School of Sport would like to thanks Gillian

Walsh, InternationalOffice at Glasgow’s Lord Provost and InternationalOffice, for providing the opportunity to develop this exciting exchange with Dalian.

UILDING on the successful visit by coach Qinghua Song in 2011, Glasgow School of Sport director Angela Porter and High

PAVING THEWAY: School of Sport

director Angela Porter and head coach Craig Robertson with former Scottish

Open line judge Hao Chen, who now lives in China, coach Qinghua Song (second right) and her husbandMr Zhang CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE:

The Dalian International Tennis Centre and (above) twomembers of staff

Do YOU fancy playing

badminton for Scotland? WHY not apply to Glasgow School of Sport at Bellahouston Academy? Glasgow School of Sport is the only specialist

sports school in Scotland. We offer

•Specialist coaching during the school day, delivered around your other classes

•Established coaching team to help you reach your sporting potential

Who can apply?

•Applications are open to current primary seven pupils for entry to Bellahouston Academy in August 2014

•Entry points are available for older pupils in S2 and S4 already achieving in badminton

and would like to join in S3 and S5/S6

•In exceptional circumstances applications may be considered outwith normal selection


•Current players include National Champions Christopher andMatthew Grimley, Sarah

Sidebottom and UK School Games Girls Doubles Champion Eleanor O’Donnell.

Further information about the Glasgow School of Sport can be found on www.glasgowschool or alternatively contact Craig Robertson, High Performance coach on 0141 582 0034.

Competition Diary Dates Under 15 tournament - January 4-5 Under 12 tournament - January 5 Entries for both close on December 13

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