Soccer is a lifestyle to those dedicated to it.Taking away soccer from them is like robbing them of their livelihood. Such is the case with Juan Bonani aka Coach Juan. Soccer has been his life eversince he was a young boy. Coach Juan comes from the home of soccer, Brazil. Yes, he comes from the home of the legend Pele of all time who is also his distant relative.
Coach Juan used to play for Santos Futebol Clube-Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A and in K League in South Korea. Juan retired from professional football due to injury in 2013.
Injury did not stop him from continuing in his passion for soccer. Encouraged by the success stories of the likes of world famous Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Coach Juan was determined to make a mark in his own way.
Still in his early thirties, the sky is the limit for this young coach.
Coach Juan started football training programs for young kids to adolesents. He has worked in different countries in these programs including Brazil, Ireland and now football has brought him to China.
He is currently based in Beijing working at Beijing Bilingual Academy. Coach Juan has a vast experience in soccer that has helped him create an excellent coaching system for his programs with great results.
Coach Juan has kids at heart. You can see the passion in his eyes as he instructs his students. Sports instill discipline and this is evident in Juan's students.
He loves what he does and he celebrates every little success story with his young team, the Leopards.
Nothing should ever rob us of our dreams. When one door closes another one opens and Coach Juan is a good example of it. He has proven that nothing can stop one from acheaving their goals. Not even injury was able to completely take him away from the field. Indeed where there is a will there is always a way. For Coach Juan, the sky is the limit.
Coach Juan is a welcome asset in a community working hard to groom more skilled talent. His training program is one of many initiatives to make China visible on the soccer world map.
The breathtaking speed of change in China has reached the world's most popular game.
Following the PRC soccer reform in 2015, the soccer training market in China has been very active and open.vCoach Juan's expertise is welcome in this ever rising soccer era.
President Xi's leadership published its 46th document making sports part of China's economic plan. According to reports in China Daily, soccer courses are set to increase tremendously in schools across China. Hence the need for more skilled and well-trained coaches to take up this task.
The country aims to build a national team that is competitive in the world field. In 2014 it was agreed that the Education Ministry would take over the promotion of youth soccer from the Chinese Football Association.
Soccer courses have been included to some primary and secondary schools' mandatory physical education programs under the revised curriculum. This inclusion means that most students will have mandatory soccer training while in school.
Coach Juan's efforts in nurturing and training the young talent is a benefit to the nation at large. In 2015 according to China Daily it was reported that the program of enhancing soccer planned to train around 6,000 school soccer coaches with the help of Chinese Football Association. This was meant to guarantee that students are coached properly.
Juan is the proud coach of the young club Leopards of Beijing International Bilingual Academy. Together they have excelled in games they have played against other teams.
Chinese parents are very protective of their children and put safety and happiness of their children first.The picture below shows Coach Juan sharing some lite moments with one of his former student's mother.It shows the level of trust the parents have placed on the capabalities of Juan as a coach and custodian of his students' well-being on and off the field.
JUAN BONANI IS A FAMILY MAN
Our great coach is always in the company of his family.
Despite his ever busy schedule, Coach Juan always put his family first. In his spare time coach Juan plays for an amateur football team Sexy FC based in Beijing. He also likes to dance Samba which is a dance very common in Brazil.
He is a father to a lovely daughter and being a father has helped him be patient and caring to his young students.
We wait to see more of Coach Juan in the near future. We certainly hope he produces the Kakas, Ronaldos and Romarios of China.
Source of statistics ...ChinaDaily.
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Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication is one of Beijing's best old schools which opened in 1958. It is conveniently situated in the Daxing district of Beijing.
The institute known in short as BIGC, is home to thousands of students studying in different departments. Included is the International School of Education which has a number of students from different countries.
BIGC hosts it's sports gala yearly and this year it was held on 18th of May. This is a huge event as it brings everyone in the BIGC together. Sport is a powerful tool to bring people together and creates a sense of community.
Socializing and checking on each other, sports facilitate it all.
Sports are a way to stay healthy and in shape but their importance goes further than that. Sports teach life lessons like discipline, responsibility, self control, accountability and teamwork.
Sports are an integral part of learning. Students need to be both physically and mentally healthy in order to fully perform well in their academics. It helps them to relax and reduces anxiety. Exercising is a great way to get out of the stressful college life which is about homework, presentations, projects and examinations.
So, a day like this is not only for people to come out and have fun but also an extension of the classroom into the playground .
Jimmy an international 2nd year student in the Automation Department, was clear on his thoughts about the day. "It's about health. Sports lead to healthy and as students we need to be healthy to perform to our full potential in our studies," he said.
The Opening Ceremony
The opening speeches were given by Principal Luo Xueke,
Athletes representative Zhou Rui tong,
Referee representative Mr Gao Kai.
The opening ceremony was a spectacle. It brought a feeling of one taking part in the opening ceremony of the olympics. The parade was colorful as every department in BIGC wore different colors.
THE NATIONAL GUARD
The display from the National Guard was second to none. They moved with such perfection you could think they were robots. In this world of life-size robots, you have to just be sure.
1. SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. ( Ali is the flag bearer)
2 SCHOOL OF VOCATIONAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
3.SCHOOL OF ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT
There were many other various departments on parade.
After the Sports Gala known in Chinese language as 'Yundong hui 运动会' was declared open by Mr Tien Chung-Lee, events started. A number of international students took part. They had participants in the 100m, 400m, 800m, 4x400m, high jump and shot put.
In the 800m event the International School was represented by Max who is a 1st year Business Management Student from Liberia.
Speaking before the event, Max said that he was there to have fun. Just like students at the PE playground having fun. Max walked into the field with such ease and everyone already knew what to expect.
Indeed he had so much fun as he came first in his 800m event. It wasn't such an easy finish as he had someone right besides him aiming for the same position. In the end he pumped that last gas and pushed to the finish line in an uproar from the crowd.
He had so much support from his friends and family, the International School. He made everyone proud.
Like mentioned before, it was all about fun and keeping fit. Another international student Rajesh from Nepal did very well. Rajesh also participated in the 800m event not in the same group as Max. Rajesh was all about enjoying himself. Rajesh had a day.
In the 400m event, international students were represented by Sushil with quite a great performance and merry heart. He entered the field to have fun while keeping fit. He never gave up but ran all his races to the end. Such is life, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
4×100m RELAY was Sushil, Rajesh, Waleed and Max.
The International School was represented by Francis.
He took that shot like a pro.
Just from his physical appearance, it was almost predictable which event he would participate in and the guess was right.
The International School was represented by Lenny who can jump as high as his height. Calm and relaxed, he waited for his event. Carrying 9113 Lenny walked tall into the field.
Lenny came into the event with a 185m record which he obtained many years ago. Just like everyone else, it was all about having fun.
You could see sportsmanship as the jumpers encouraged each other and were all smiles.
Lenny himself gave quite a show.He is not that guy who will jump and beat his chest like a gorilla.He just walked heads high like a champion and the crowd did the yeah!
The Chinese jumpers having fun with Lenny were equally awesome.
Lenny came first with an easy jump at 165m. Although he did not beat his record, he still got it. And a beautiful sight was the cheering he was getting. Family unit. After the event friends came around to get some photos. I mean, who wouldn't want to be close to a champinion. Speaking after the event Lenny laughed as he said, "I guess age is finally catching up with me."
The staff in the International School were exceptionally wonderful. They proved that indeed they can be entrusted with the academic growth of their students. Not only do they care while in the classroom but also outside. They stood by their students to the end. It's not easy to deal with intercultural differences and having to reach that level of harmony. They are indeed the best.
Their smiles so beautiful. Their hearts so warm. Their brains so rich.
There were different kinds of activities. Participants included the whole stuff of BIGC.
Then those who do it better than others.
Others just think they can control that ball hitting the drum.
Those who want to know how it feels to have elephant legs.
Those who believed in greater numbers .
Those in the beginning hoping for a great finish.
Those who wanted the feel of that beach sand.
Those being encouraged to grow fast so noone has to follow them around ...
Those who believed their voices could go far...
Those ready for the eventualities of life. Accidents of life happen everyday but we are encouraged by those ready to help us get back on our feet.
What is a show without clowns. Laughter is a form of exercise . The clowns were on duty to lighten the event.
Those who believed in the power of team work. When one person was asked for a picture she gave a very beautiful response. She said, "We are a team let me call my friends. " Impressive and indeed they turned out to be the best team. Their relay team was excellent as they came first.
Stand up for what you believe.
It seemed two was the favourite number as shown by these photos.
The well-groomed ladies gracing the field...
That smile could the one thing that someone needs to have a great day.
Awesomeness is what these beauties brought to the event.
You just have to stand up and represent.
Sports bring friends together.
Our atheletes also had time to pause for pictures.
The handsome guys...
Those who just couldn't miss any opportunity to show off their white teeth.
Then those who were just meant to be beautiful. As they graced the field with their clean outfits and beautiful smiles indeed everybody knew the event was a success.
The event was indeed a success. The closing ceremony was equally awesome.
Those who did exceptionally well were acknowledged. We live to see another year. Keep fit.
Thanks to those who made sure that after the event everything was kept safe and the area clean.
And those who made sure we don't miss anything by running up and down to capture the moments.