Trafford Council plays host to Chinese delegation

Trafford Council plays host to Chinese delegation

The playing fields at Manor Farm, Timperley

The Chinese delegation of (l to r) Wang Yuzhen, Zhang Qingming and delegation leader Zhao Shuyuan, with Cllr Matt Colledge, leader of the council; Theresa Grant, chief executive of Trafford Council; and Cllr Michael Hyman

First published in News

A VISIT to Trafford by a high-level delegation from China could pave the way to major investment in the borough.

This could include establishing a leading sport and development facility in Timperley and a factory to build electric cars.

The business delegation from Shenyang in north west China came to investigate investment opportunities in the borough on January 10.

It consisted of senior investors in the Kickworldwide project, led by Zhao Shuyuan of the Shenyang Hengda Sports Business Development, which aims to create opportunities for young people through football.

During the visit, ongoing discussions continued over establishing a Kickworldwide training and sport development facility at Manor Farm, on Ridgeway Road, in Timperley.

Council chiefs say the facility would not only provide a base for young Chinese footballers from Shenyang, it would also be an important asset for the borough as a whole since it would be open to residents, especially those looking for a career in sport.

The Kickworldwide facility would also further boost Trafford’s position as a base of football excellence.

The Chinese investors are also looking to establish a UK base in Trafford to launch a new electric car brand for the UK and European markets.

Trafford Council’s executive lead for economic growth and prosperity, Cllr Michael Hyman, said: “This visit has been a fantastic opportunity for Trafford to build business to business links with China and represents important inward investment opportunities.

“It also builds on the important legacy of football in Trafford and would benefit local people through the creation of jobs and the potential to offer career opportunities for young people interested in sport.”

Steve Bellis, director of Kickworldwide, said: “We are delighted to have been able to facilitate the visit by this senior Chinese delegation.

“We are working with Trafford Council and our Chinese partners to deliver a range of benefits to the borough including new opportunities for its young people and inward investment through sport.

“Mr Zhao and his colleagues were extremely impressed during their tour of Trafford and are keen to work with the leader and executive officers at the council for mutual benefit.”

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