Written by: Matt Uffindall, Athletic Director
It is no secret that at YCIS Pudong, we are sports mad. From the students to the staff, parents to the local community, sport plays a huge part in so many people’s lives. We are all incredibly proud of our extensive programme, and our partnerships with community groups but we always wanted to take it to the next level.
Discussions began last November as we wanted to invest in our facilities and make Century Park Campus a real focus for sporting success. The decision to make one, significantly large ‘grassed’ area was made, and the outcome is simply amazing. Our new, state of the art football pitches will allow our teams to train with confidence and feel like professionals. The impressive floodlights extend the time that we can offer practices, no more worrying about the sunset! Having two 7-a-side pitches now means we can proudly host major sports events, such as ACAMIS, as we will in April when teams from international schools in China and Mongolia will come to YCIS Pudong. We will also host the SISAC Girls Cup finals in the same month.
The surface is perfect for a wide range of sports, meaning that PE lessons will take place on it and with four 5-a-side pitches running across the fields, we can safely divide the area for our different age groups. The Glasgow Rangers Academy will be running their Monday and Friday sessions here, as well as hosting a number of high-profile tournaments and coaching clinics throughout the year. We look forward to celebrating many successes on these fields over the years to come.