Over this past fall, Hook & Ladder had some exciting opportunities to share our sport development knowledge and experience with an international audience. While we really enjoyed some of the smaller-scale projects, like working with the South Korean equivalent of PBS on a documentary profiling emerging sports – they were particularly interested in talking about our University of Texas Quidditch team and the roller derby revival here in Austin – our biggest event of the fall was being invited to be the lone representative for the United States at a global sport development workshop held in Beijing, China.
The event was hosted by the Capital University of Physical Education and Sports (CUPES) and included high-ranking government officials from the General Administration of Sport of China (GASC) as well as directors of national sport federations. The purpose of bringing all these high-ranking officials together with global experts in sport development was to promote an exchange of ideas between a handful of select countries about best practices for developing athletes at both the grassroots and elite levels.
Although Tolga couldn’t make the trip, Matt represented Hook & Ladder and the USA on his behalf – and both wrote a book chapter together in conjunction with the event.
We’ve included some photos from the trip below. Enjoy!