Soccer teams, by and large, tend not to have particularly exciting names. Wheresas American sports teams get fun monikers based around ducks, raptors, and grizzlies, soccer fans get stuck with dull, location-based names like Hull City or Scunthorpe United.
So it is with some excitement that we came across a new Beijing soccer club with a name as exhilarating as the beautiful game itself – Dragon Soccer Club.
After coaching in China for the last 6 years, 31-year-old Brit Adam Ferry launched his own venture this September. The dual-language (Chinese and English) coaching programs teaches kids the fundamentals of the game, as well as hoping to provide some of those all-important life skills along the way.
It may be getting a little chilly but the club runs all year round. The 10-week semesters, from RMB 995, are held in either Wangjing or Lido. Each class has a maximum of 12 players and they are broken down into age group.
Blue Dragons are aged 4-6, Red Dragons are 7-9, and older kids will join the Gold Dragons, each group providing age-appropriate training and skill development. The best kids can progress to the elite Black Dragons, where they’ll get a chance to play some more competitive soccer against other teams in Beijing.
The club also offers kids parties and a parental coaching service, where parents and family members can learn how to use football to help development in their child’s learning.