Charity program brings young Tibetan footballers to Shanghai

Shanghai SIPG recently invited 27 students from Lhaze County Middle School to the city, where the youngsters met with professional players and toured local landmarks.
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Shanghai SIPG member Wang Shenchao poses with a student from Lhaze County Middle School.

The Shanghai SIPG football club recently took part in a charity project which brought young footballers from Tibet Autonomous Region to meet professional players in Shanghai and visit the city's landmarks.

The project began with a letter SIPG club received from the headmaster of Lhaze County Middle School in Tibet’s Shigatse at the end of last year. The headmaster expressed his wish to let young footballers at the school “go out and see the world.”

The school's football team has a strong winning record on its home turf, but due to limited financial means the team has never left Tibet or exchanged skills with other players.

Shanghai SIPG joined with SAIC Motors to organize the charity project. Club staff visited two schools, including Lhaze County Middle School, earlier this month and gifted them with sports equipment including balls and jerseys.

Last week, 27 student players from Lhaze County Middle School arrived in Shanghai under the club’s invitation. They watched SIPG’s Chinese Super League match against Wuhan Zall at Shanghai Stadium on Sunday. They also meet with SIPG youth players as well as young footballers at Xu Genbao’s football camp on Chongming Island.

As the last part of the project, the Tibetan students visited the Oriental Pearl TV Tower on Monday and gave a traditional performance to express their gratefulness.

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Tibetan student footballers visit Shanghai landmarks, including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

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Tibetan student footballers perform in front of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower on Monday to express their gratitude.

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