The Wanda Project – which consists of 10 Chinese children that are training at the Villarreal academy have played a whopping 45 games since their arrival this September. They have played in friendly's against other teams from the province of Castellón and Valencia in order to polish up their skills while training at the academy. The ten children are a part of the under 14 B and C teams who play every week to ensure they keep improving as players.
In the last month, (after the Easter break) the u14 B's drew against Ontinyent (4-4), while the Chinese footballers were playing for the u15 B's. A week later they lost against Futur de Castelló (0-2) and then last Tuesday, the last game for the Chinese players the u14 B's lost against Burriana (1-2).
As for the u14 C's the Wanda players lost against Ontinyent (0-4) and then drew against Futur de Castelló. This week the Chinese footballers played for u15 B's, where the Submarines beat Prat de Lliria (5-0).
The Wanda Project
In December 2010, Villarreal signed an agreement with Dalian Wanda Group Corporation Ltd., in coordination with the Chinese central government and the Ministry of Sports, with whom the submarines are actively involved with, transforming Chinese football .
To understand the agreement, it should be noted that there is a state interest by China for promote football in the country and place it in its rightful place. In China, Spain is a country admired for its football and is synonymous with quality. So, in order to grow grassroots football in China, the Wanda Group commissioned GreatGate-Zertior for the development of a project to improve Chinese football. The young talent's will be sent to Spain in August to train so they can later take part in China's selections.
Starting last season, and continuing at least three seasons, Wanda will send ten promising Chinese players to the Ciudad Deportiva at Villarreal to train with the submarine's youth teams.