Sport and Wellbeing’s visit to China

UCLan Sports and Wellbeing students were recently invited to China for a cultural learning trip, aiming to give them experience working in the Chinese PE and School Sport system, and observing daily Chinese physical activity sessions.

People often say the best way to learn is to teach others, and that is exactly what our students did! As part of the trip they taught UK style PE lessons across a number of schools, coached various sports after school clubs, and gained a better cultural awareness of China, its education system, and the opportunities are available to our graduates.  As well as teaching the children in the schools, our students were taught a few things themselves, taking part in martial arts lessons at Wushan School Martial Arts, and sailing classes at the Olympic Sailing Park.

The trip was packed with fun, as Beijing’s main sights such as the Olympic Village, Forbidden City and of course, the Great Wall were visited. Students also took part in Calligraphy class and a stunning Kung Fu show, plus let’s not forget the amount of amazing Chinese food eaten throughout the week!

On the final day our group were the guests of honour at a Primary School Sports day, where they took part in the staff relay race and had the chance to interact with other teachers and parents. After this the group quickly headed back to the hotel to pack for the journey home, before a final meal with the Director and the chance to make their own dumplings!

We certainly hope to continue working with our fantastic partners from this trip, and thank you to the Director of the Qingdao Education and Sport Bureau for inviting our group over to China.

If you want to study Sports and Wellbeing at UCLan, look at our courses here: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/schools/sport-wellbeing/index.php

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