William watches football workshop

Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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The Duke of Cambridge has watched Chinese children taking part in a football masterclass staged by British coaches.

William, who is an avid Aston Villa fan and president of the Football Association, saw the youngsters being put through their paces when he visited Nanyang High School in Shanghai.

Soccer is about to become part of the national curriculum in China, and the British Council runs a scheme called Premier Skills which fosters a passion for the game.

The Duke was shown around by Paul Hughes, 33, a former coach at Reading, Millwall and Southampton football clubs, who now travels the world passing on his experience to local coaches under the British Council scheme.

He said: “The Duke told the children that if they keep on working hard hopefully one day they might play in the Premier League.

“He asked them if they knew who David Beckham was, and said that if they got involved in football then one day they might meet him.

“The Duke was interested in how football helps build confidence, self-esteem and promotes good health, and how the game is going to become a big focal point in schools here.”

William, who wore a navy blue suit, had been expected to take part in a five-a-side kickabout, but only kicked one ball during the visit.

Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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