First agreement between Chinese football academy and Italian Serie A club
Torino FC become part of PSA professional pathway for Chinese players
Torino FC coaching techniques to be implemented in Fujian Province.
Regular football camps for Pacific Sports members to start this summer
Pacific Sports Xiamen announce the signing of a historic agreement with Italian football giants Torino FC on Jan 20th with a virtual signing ceremony that took place in 3 separate continents.
In a landmark day for football in China the agreement marks the beginning of a cooperation between one of China’s foremost academies and one of European football’s powerhouses. These 2 clubs will work together to bring professional level and elite coaching to Xiamen, Fujian and eventually throughout China.
Torino FC are committed to supporting PSA (Pacific Sports Academy) in raising standards of coaching in the region; providing professional coaching models and tested techniques directly from their world famous youth and development academy. The head of Academy in Turin Teodoro Coppola commented that he was “extremely excited for the cooperation to begin, and is eager to work with PSA to give Chinese kids the best possible coaching and the best possible chance at realising their sporting dreams”.
This agreement is the first between the two countries this year and marks the end to years of pandemic uncertainties. Pacific Sports will be the only academy in the region (Fujian Province) to have such an agreement with one of Italy’s finest clubs. Asked to comment on the signing Pacific Sports CEO Wayne Jones echoed the sentiments of the Italian Director Mr. Coppola and went on to say that, “this agreement is the culmination of almost 15 years of hard work and dedication to the game from all the staff and coaches at PSA. I am particularly proud of the Managing Director Emma Chen and Senior Coach Nicolo Bandiera for ensuring that this agreement came to fruition. Nicolo will be running the China side of the collaboration and will also be preparing for the first wave of Chinese kids to take part in overseas football camps in Turin in coming summer of 2023. There has never been a better time to be a PSA member”!
During the ceremony PSA Managing Director Emma Chen invited parents and kids to PSA office to witness the signing and to ask their new partners any questions. Parents asked about differences in training techniques and travelling to Italy. One young player Ted asked if it would be possible, one day, to play for Torino FC. A visibly beaming Teadorro Coppola responded with a resounding yes and congratulated the youngster by pointing out that he had just achieved one of the most important things in reaching professional levels…. Bravery!. This young Chinese boy conquered his fears and asked the academy Director of Torino FC a fantastic question in perfect English. ·
The deal will also see coaches from Torino FC come to China to run elite programs at PSA locations. PSA coaches will also have the chance to travel to Turin to experience coaching at one of the best youth academies in Europe.
PSA will also act as scouts for talented players in the region and provide a pathway for those players to train with Torino FC Youth Team. Teadorro Coppola finished the conference off by saying that, “I am sure that our first Chinese professional Torino FC player is out there… PSA have provided the opportunity and it could be you!”
Torino FC are a successful Serie A club in one of Europe's top leagues.
Pacific Sports are a Chinese-Australian owned Football Academy operating in Fujian Province in China.
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