Sport in China - Why China excels in sport

The is part of Teachers TV 'How do they do it' series.

The UK invests millions in sport, with little return in the medals tables. In this programme, the Chinese system for dealing with gifted and talented young sportsmen and women is examined.

PE expert Paul Beashel travels to Shanghai to meet the staff and pupils of a specialist sports college. Here talented children board full time, and train intensively under the expert supervision of specialist PE teachers.

In-school scientists perform dozens of medical tests on pupils and even their parents are examined to determine whether their children are likely to have the right genetic make-up to ensure success at international competition level. The children do well in sporting and academic terms, but the regime is strict and those who don't make the grade are unceremoniously returned to mainstream schools.

It's a fascinating and ultimately successful system, but could the same happen in Britain?

Sport in China - Why is sport so important?

Taken from Teachers TV 'How do they do it' guides

Unique insights into how Chinese schools, and the country at large, value physical education.  See the extraordinary lengths that schools go to in order to engender a lifelong habit of exercise.
From the school run - done entirely on foot or bicycle - through to lunch with freshly-prepared ingredients, to a whole two hours of exercise every single day, the Chinese put a premium on exercise and healthy living.
This programme features the PE drills undertaken by every Chinese child throughout their school career and considers whether habits which to us seem harsh, like hardly ever using central heating in schools, do in fact produce a healthy population.
The programme also considers the role of ancient martial arts in the country's physical education heritage and shows the acupuncture-influenced eye exercises performed twice a day by millions of schoolchildren, which the Chinese claim improve eyesight.

Pilot Guide - China overview

The Pilot Guide presenters take a journey through China exploring its diverse history from its ancient dynasties to the Communist rule of Mao Zedong.

Starting in the old capital Xianyang, a city established over 2,000 years ago, they explore Emperor Qin's mausoleum, which contains an army of terracotta warriors.

They then visit the modern capital Beijing, the centre of centuries of imperial rule. They explore how China led the the world in arts and sciences and discover how the country became rich selling silk, porcelain and tea from ports such as Quanzhou.

Finally, they learn how the imperial era was brought to an end the Communist revolution and meet a teacher who worked under Mao Zedong's regime.

The programme is part of a series in which the Pilot team journey through history and time, exploring some of the most fascinating sites across the world.

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BBC Chinese - Tour of Beijing

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BBC Chinese - Tour of Beijing

This short video gives an overview of Beijing. Taken from

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