A Sports and Cultural Exchange

Vision 2020 

This week the Gold Coast is hosting 30 students from China as part of the Sister City Agreement signed by the City of Gold Coast and Chengdu earlier this year.

Boys and girls from three Chengdu based high schools, including the prestigious Chengdu No. 7 High School are enjoying a soccer and friendship exchange experience with Gold Coast based high schools including Trinity Lutheran College, Emmanuel College and Coomera Anglican College.

The reciprocal sporting arrangement has been created to enrich cultural understanding through sport and other social experiences between the youth of both cities, which earlier saw Gold Coast high school students hosted in Chengdu.

The benefits of the exchange have clearly been mutual with one of the Chengdu coaches remarking: “I am impressed with the Australian students’ athletics spirit and splendid football skills. This is a great opportunity for our students to immerse themselves in an English language experience and Australian culture to advance their personal development.”

 Chengdu students meet their hosts from Trinity Lutheran College

The Sister Cities Soccer and Cultural Exchange is a joint initiative between Study Gold Coast, Tyler International and the Chengdu Foreign Affairs Office and is funded through Study Gold Coast’s Vision 2020 program.

Study Gold Coast CEO Alfred Slogrove says “Vision 2020 was designed to foster relationships between the education and training sector and industry stakeholders to offer greater opportunities to our members and more rewarding experiences for our students through collaboration. This cultural exchange program highlights the benefits Vision 2020 can bring not only within our own city but overseas as well.”

During their ten-day stay, the Chengdu students will experience the best that the Gold Coast has to offer, from hinterland tours to university visits and workshops with the Gold Coast Suns to meeting the city’s lifeguards.