The Ministry of Education has announced an initiative to train over five thousand football coaches in an effort to strengthen the country's base in the sport.
The initiative is designed to train up to 5,400 football coaches in elementary schools and over two thousand principals to head specialized football training schools, and will last from 2015-2020. The goal is to create a backbone of football coaches that understand the game, are more specialized, and excel at coaching. It is hoped that the level of youth football around the country will improve.
The joint effort is in response to an overall directive issued by China’s State Council. This goes to show that perhaps football isn't just a popular sport, but a national concern.
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