Chinese Tigers seen at Myerscough !!
By Christine Gibson
Don't panic though - these Tigers are very friendly and only eat grass - intrigued? Then read on.
In fact the Tigers concerned are a 12 strong delegation of top Chinese Sportsturf technicians from Liaoning Province in N.East China. They will be spending 4 weeks at Myerscough College in Lancashire throughout March, on an intensive training Programme in the development, maintenance and management of quality natural Sportsturf playing surfaces.
The group are all Chinese soccer enthusiasts working for the top Liaoning soccer team - Tiger Star - the Manchester United of their Province. Like their British counterparts, "Tiger Star" also have their fair share of difficulties when it comes to keeping their soccer pitches in perfect playing condition so they have embarked on an innovative training programme with Myerscough College - recognised as the premier training College for Sportsturf in the U.K.
Colin Stanfield - Programme Leader for Myerscough Sportsturf commented, "this is an exciting development for us and one that represents a continuation of our links with China following hard on the heels of a recent visit to Myerscough by delegates from the Chinese Football Association. We all know that industrial and economic developments in China are growing at a high rate and this growth is reflected in the desire to improve the quality of leisure resources - not least of which are the Sportsturf surfaces on which many of the most popular games in China are played ."
The need to improve Sportsturf quality in china has been given added impetus in recent months with the success of the World Cup 2002 in nearby Japan and Korea. The forthcoming Asian Soccer Cup in 2003 and the Olympics based in China in 2008 will serve as further stimuli for significant improvement in the quality of natural playing surfaces throughout the country.
The delegation will spend the month of March based at Myerscough College undertaking a wide range of theory and practical sessions in soccer pitch maintenance and management. They will also have the opportunity to visit some of the top soccer venues in the UK including Old Trafford, Preston North End and the Commonwealth Games 2002 Venue. A full programme of British cultural events is also planned which will keep the Chinese Tigers purring like pussycats!
For more information please contact Christine Gibson, Marketing Officer at Myerscough College on 01995 642222 ext.2440