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[Shenzhen, China – 10 October 2017] The new season of the Mission Hills Junior Football Leagues (MHJFL) has kicked off in Shenzhen, with a total of six Chinese cities signed up to host tournaments before the end of the year.

More than 100 kids aged seven to nine took part in the opening tournament on the Bromsgrove School pitches at the Mission Hills resort in southern China.  Further MHJFL events will take place in Beijing, Haikou, Zhuhai, Dongguan and Guangzhou before the end of 2017. 

The MHJFL tournaments cater for seven to 13-year-olds from local schools and clubs and will  culminate in a junior World Cup-style event set to be announced at the Mission Hills resort in Haikou in February 2018. The youth team event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan will feature up to 8,000 children representing 500 teams from across China and overseas. 

More than 1,000 children competed in the first ever Mission Hills Junior Football League in Shenzhen last season. Organized by Pro Evolution Athletes, a record 446 matches took place, more than any other junior league in the region. 
Earlier this year, Mission Hills Group also announced a ground-breaking partnership with FC Barcelona, which sees the world’s most famous football club managing and operating a soccer school outside of Barcelona for the first time in its 118-year history. 
The FCB Escola in Hainan is located at the Football Training Base at the fully-integrated Mission Hills Haikou resort.  When fully complete, the Training Base will span 345,000 square meters, featuring 20 football pitches and other state-of-the-art academy facilities. 
With football superstar Ronaldinho in attendance last February, FC Barcelona and Mission Hills also announced the club’s first overseas Interactive Center at Mission Hills Centreville, a unique experience that will bring the excitement of Barca and its legendary players to football fans across China. 

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