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China to host 1st arena football training camp

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-5-23 8:12:06

Ganlan Media International (Beijing) Co., Ltd.(GMI) said in Beijing on Wednesday that China's First American Arena Football Coach/Referee Training Camp will be held on May 27-31 in the Beijing Sports University.

This is the first time that Arena Football League (AFL) comes to China to hold a professional training camp, and which marks American Arena Football is officially coming to China.

GMI is the only company in China had exclusive authorized by the Arena Football League (AFL) to be engaged in brand promotion, professional training and event arrangement.

The management team of GMI consists of professional managers, senior experts in sports and media from China and America. The trainers for this May training camp are senior coaches and referees that have been selected by the AFL. Jerry Kurz, the Commissioner of AFL, will come to Beijing for this training camp.

The game between the eight-people system American arena football and American national football are basically the same, besides, arena football is more worth watching for its compact field, fast transition and high score. The development and promotion of American arena football will contribute to the popularity of football and rugby in China to promote the upgrading of Chinese football and rugby competition level.

The Chinese trainees of the first training camp are all professional coaches and referees from six sports universities (Beijing Sports University, Tianjin University of Sport, Hebei Institute of Physical Education, Wuhan Institute of Physical Education, Shandong Sport University, Xi'an Physical Education University) around China.

After the training camp, trainers from America will go to the universities above to select players and guide the training course. Based on the plan that made by the expert group, the first six teams will accomplish the team set-up, then the professional systematic training.

Universities can compete with each other when conditions permit. It will lay the foundation for the football league between universities and the development of the professional clubs in the near future.
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