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Beijing Sports University enjoys successful trip to UEL 

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UEL cements close relationship with China's leading sports university by hosting week-long visit

By Gareth Anstice

The University of East London (UEL) strengthened its partnership with Beijing Sport University (BSU) as footballers from the Chinese institution were hosted by UEL for a week of fixtures, coaching sessions and sight-seeing.

The trip included closely fought matches against the UEL men’s and women’s football teams.

UEL’s women came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with their visitors. Both UEL goals were scored by England under-19 star Rinsola Babajide, who is expected to be selected for the UEFA European Women’s Under-19 championships in Northern Ireland this summer.

The men went one better as they held off a fight back from BSU to edge out their opponents 2-1 with goals from Ellis Brittan and Michael Ogboin.

BSU, the largest specialist sports university in the world, also gave back to the east London community when its players and coaches held a football coaching session for students at Kingsford Community School in Beckton.

The Chinese students had time to visit some of London’s biggest sporting venues – including the London Stadium, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Emirates Stadium – as well as taking in iconic landmarks such as the House of Lords and Buckingham Palace.

The trip was another step forward in the developing relationship between UEL and BSU, which was cemented last year by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.

Under the agreement, UEL and BSU will explore ways of establishing student and staff exchanges in the field of sport and related disciplines, working together on joint projects and promoting the development of Chinese language and cultural education at UEL.

John White, UEL’s Director of Sport, was delighted to welcome BSU for the week and is already looking forward to seeing how the partnership progresses further.

““It was great to have Beijing Sport University visit us, view our world-class facilities and see how we’ve become one of the leading universities for sport in London.

“We hope that they enjoyed their experiences in London and that this is just another part of an already flourishing relationship between the two institutions.”

The partnership is just another way in which UEL is making its mark on sport. The University has enjoyed a record-breaking season this year, rising to their best ever position of 42nd in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) table. UEL was also ranked 18th in the UK for individual BUCS points.