Chinese Ministry for Education Visit Stirling

Group shot in the stands at Forthbank Stadium.

Active Stirling hosted a delegation from the Sports and Health Department of the Chinese Ministry of Education at Forthbank Stadium on Wednesday 14 November.  The visit, part of a wider study tour to Scotland, provided the group an insight to sports development in Stirling and a more detailed understanding of football in Scotland and it's development in Stirling.
Alan Morgan, Scottish FA Central Region Manager provided an overview of Scottish Football Association governance and strategy, particularly highlighting Scotland United and One National Plan.  This was of particular interest to group leader, Mr Dengfeng Wang who coincidentally is Vice Chair of the Chinese Football Association.  Scott Kinross, Active Stirling's Football Development Officer then spent time talking to the group about his work in contributing to the National strategies.  As well as providing a brief history lesson, Scott explained his support to the local club network, coach education for their coaches as well as programmes in communities that try and change people’s lives through football.  The group were particularly interested to hear about Powerchair Football and Walking Football at The PEAK and Friday Night Football for young people at Stirling High School.  Scott explained that he hoped the group might take some learning back to China and perhaps implement similar programmes there.
Dougie Porteous, Active Stirling's Sport Physical Activity and Inclusion Manager provided an overview to community leisure trusts like Active Stirling and the importance of partnership working in getting communities active.  Dougie detailed Active Stirling's work through their Active Schools, Club Development, Community Activation and Physical Activity Inclusion Teams.  The group were particularly interested in the number of volunteers involved in providing sport and physical activity and the important role that Active Stirling play in supporting this workforce.  Dougie also provided the group with a tour of Stirling Sports Village before they moved onto the next part of their study tour in Edinburgh.
The delegation leader, Mr Dengfeng Wang said “The delegation appreciated and enjoyed the time with Active Stirling. We found the presentation informative and interesting. Everyone learnt a lot from the discussion, especially the importance of partnership. Hopefully in the future we can discuss further with Active Stirling to promote and to develop sports in China.”
Active Stirling's Sport, Physical Activity and Inclusion Manager, Dougie Porteous said “It was a fantastic opportunity to present the work we do in Scotland, and particularly Stirling to the Chinese delegation.  The group were really engaging and asked lots of interesting questions and I really hope they've learnt some things about the work we do here that they can take back to China and look to implement.  We hope to keep in touch and share knowledge across the World about what we do in sport and physical activity here in Stirling.”
Delegation Leader and Vice Chair of the Chinese Football Association, Mr Dengfeng Wang presenting Alan Morgan, Scottish FA Central Region Manager with a plaque.
Dougie Porteous, Active Stirling's Sport, Physical Activity and Inclusion Manager presenting delegation leader Mr Dengfeng Wang with a Quaich and whisky.