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Sporting Group International secure UK tour of Shanghai SIPG

Shanghai SIPG plays in the Chinese Super League and finished the season in third place and will now feature in the AFC Champions League. They have recently appointed former Chelsea Head Coach Andres Villa Boas are also rumoured to be signing Oscar for £60 million from Chelsea.

Adrian Wright, CEO of SGI commented, “ We are delighted to be managing this important inaugural and prestigious UK tour of the under 19 Shanghai SIPG team.

“We have successfully negotiated fixtures for the Shanghai SIPG with Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City and a select XI Birmingham County FA Team.

“In addition we have made all of the arrangements for the trip, including and selecting a number of local businesses to assist with the logistics of the tour.

“I am delighted to confirm that the accommodation is being provided by the Genting Hotel, Resorts World, with Birmingham County FA making available their training facilities and Chung Ying will be providing all of the catering.”

Sammy Yu, CEO of GGG China commented, “this something that I have always wanted to do for the football industry to benefit both the UK and China since leaving Birmingham City FC. This is a long term vision which will forge great relationships for both countries and not just in a football capacity.

Cheng Yao Dong, Head Coach of the Shanghai SIPG Academy. commented, “we are delighted to have such experience of having a pre-season tour in the UK and we very much look forward to the trip and playing the West Midlands Teams.

The tour takes place between the 20th December and 10th January 2017 and will enable the visiting Team the chance to play senior English Teams and view their facilities.

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Sporting Group International purchase YFI

The new ownership sees SGI acquiring a 100% share with the deal being completed with Adrian Wright, CEO of SGI making the 8,400 miles round trip to Delhi to meet with the team at their new Indian offices to sign the contract.

Paul Schuttenbelt Director of PSI (YFI) commented, “We selected SGI as our new owner based on the passion and belief of their CEO that Indian football will blossom and continue with its growth.

“SGI also have serious aspirations to assist India with the growth of football and impart valuable knowledge and expertise from the UK.”

The average age of the players at Youth Football International is 12 and there are over 80 teams in the League.

Youth Football International runs its academy like a typical European football club, focusing on the children and their development and offering a safe and fun environment for them to enjoy playing football.

Adrian Wright who is also President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce commented, “We understand that this type of acquisition is the first of its kind here in the UK and we are delighted to have the opportunity to both help develop the future skills of football in India, whilst expanding our respective business communities too.

“Within this development will be a review of the standard of coaching and the engagement level with the thousands of boys and girls that are participating week in week out.

“We firmly believe that ‘grassroot’ level is the way to develop future International players and we will be working closely with coaches to ensure that this development materialises.

“It is our aim to help develop skilful and confident footballers in a child orientated and safe environment.”