MISSION HILLS CHINA VOTED BEST YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IN ASIA AT SPORT INDUSTRY AWARDS
[Shenzhen, China – 14th December 2018]Golfing legend Annika Sorenstam will return to southern China in February to host the ninth edition of her ever-popular ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills. The all-girls event is one of the highlights of an award-winning junior schedule at the world’s largest golf facility that features more than 30 tournaments for thousands of young golfers during 2019. Hosted by the ten-time Major Champion, the 2019 ANNIKA Invitational will take place on her highly-acclaimed Annika Course at Mission Hills Dongguan from February 27 to March 1. With R&A and CGA ranking points on offer, top female golfers aged eight to 18 will compete over three rounds for a place in the prestigious ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex. Tenniel Chu, Group Vice-Chairman of Mission Hills said: “Following recent announcements of our PGA of America partnership and our golf scholarship programme with The R&A, 2019 promises to be another significant year for the Mission Hills junior golf programme as we strive to introduce more Chinese people to the game and contribute to the growth of golf worldwide.” Other highlights of the 2019 junior calendar at Mission Hills include two Faldo Series qualifiers in the same year. Given the popularity of Sir Nick Faldo’s global golf development initiative, which has been running at Mission Hills since 2006, a Faldo Series Shenzhen Championship has been scheduled for May 24-26 followed by a Faldo Series Hainan Championship on October 25-27. The 2019 tournament schedule – part of a junior golf programme at Mission Hills that was recently voted Best Youth Programme in Asia at the Sport Industry Awards – tees off on January 6 with the first of 10 legs for the Mission Hills Junior Series and is followed by the first of 10 Mission Hills Par-3 Series events on January 13. Also returning to the schedule will be the 12th Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship (April 19-21) and the third Mission Hills Junior Open (March 29-31), both offering its leading players the opportunity to compete in America, the latter at the World Stars of Junior Golf event in Las Vegas. Mission Hills Group is the owner and operator of two luxury resorts in China, one in Shenzhen in southern China and the other in Haikou on the tropical tourism island of Hainan. Together, the fully-integrated facilities span a total of 40 square kilometres and 22 golf courses, making Mission Hills the largest golf complex in the world. Photo – 10-time Major Champion Annika Sorenstam hosts a clinic for players during the 2018 ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills China. Mission Hills Junior Tournament Schedule 2019
7,000 SPARTANS IN ACTION AS WORLD’S LARGEST OBSTACLE RACE RETURNS TO SHENZHEN
[Shenzhen, China – 8 December 2018] More than 7,000 athletes pushed their bodies to the limit when the globally-renown Spartan Race returned to Mission Hills Resort in Shenzhen today. The Spartan race was packed with more than 25 obstacles over 13 kilometers through the Mission Hills Sport and Eco Park. Last week, more than 1,500 children aged 4 to 13 took part in Shenzhen’s first Spartan Kids race, also at Mission Hills. With more than 130 races around the world annually and more than one million global participants, the Spartan Race is officially the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand.
CHINA SPORTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT AS 1.1 MILLION VIEWERS TUNE IN TO SPORTS CONNECTS!
Dongguan, China, 29 November 2018 – Over 200 sports industry executives from mainland China and around the world were at Mission Hills Resort in Shenzhen, southern China this week for the return of ‘Sports Connects’. Leading Chinese sports, media and tech firms including Tencent, Weibo Sports, Wanda Sports, SECA, China Sports Media, Netease and Gemdale joined international counterparts on stage from NBA, NFL, WTA, The R&A, AEG, New Zealand Rugby, Hong Kong Rugby Union, Visa, AIA, UBS, Bose and more. Highlights of the three-day China Sports Forum included three major golf announcements, a live stream to 1.1 million viewers and fun networking including a Golf Day and Bowling Night. Tenniel Chu, Group Vice-Chairman of Mission Hills said: “This was another important gathering for the China sports industry, one which we hope to make a fixed annual event. At a sensitive time for international relations, it is important for our industry to come together and demonstrate how sport can create friendships, bridge divides and unite cultures.” Jasper Donat, CEO of organisers Branded commented: “With a truly bilingual programme and 50 percent of attendees from mainland China, we achieved our objective of bringing together an impressive mix of domestic and international stakeholders from the world of sport. With 35 high-quality speakers also in attendance and some key topics addressed, this was another milestone appointment for the China sports industry.” Features of the programme included: Two golf announcements from Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, including a new golf scholarship programme in China with Mission Hills and SECA, plus a new Rules of Golf app in Chinese A third major golf announcement from PGA of America’s Head of Global and Corporate Strategy, Arjun Chowdri that the first PGA of America Golf Academies in China will be launched in Shenzhen and Hainan as part of a multiyear partnership with Mission Hills A live-streaming session with global sports media property, the ONE Championship – featuring heavyweight world champion Brandon Vera – that attracted 1.1 million live views Regular references to the buzzword “Springtime” when describing the emerging nature of the China sports industry, including Eddy Liu, CEO of Gemdale Sports who is bringing the WTA tennis finals to Shenzhen starting in 2019 A keynote interview with Derek Chang, CEO of NBA China which explored the potential growth of one of China’s most popular spectator sports with 38 million followers on Weibo Sports alone and a new Bytedance partnership announcement announced that day Case studies on sports sponsorship from high-level executives at AIA, Bose, UBS and Visa Insights into China’s leading role in the rise of esports from Tencent, Netease and Culture Group Round-table sessions with iSportConnects, Mass Participation Asia and Weibo Sports, with Zhou Tianyi of Weibo Sports reporting 3.2 billion video plays during the 2018 Winter Olympics A study on international sports coming into China with the NFL, WTA, New Zealand Rugby, Hong Kong Rugby and Genius Sports A look at the shortage of high quality “city defining” venues in Asia, according to AEG Asia, KPMG and Wanda Sports With a bowling night at Mission Hills Centreville and golf day also on the agenda, delegates had plenty of opportunity to enjoy the facilities at Mission Hills Shenzhen, one of two luxury Mission Hills resorts spanning 40 square kilometres and 22 golf courses, making it the world’s largest golf facility. Sports Connects, the China Sports Forum was presented by Weibo Sports, ONE Championship, Mission Hills China, Mailman, and Branded and was sponsored by KPMG, Culture Group and Genius Sports. Photo Caption: Highlights from the 2018 'Sports Connects' China Sports Forum at Mission Hills Shenzhen resort in southern China.
MISSION HILLS CHINA AND R&A ANNOUNCE NEW GOLF SCHOLARSHIPS
[Shenzhen, China - 27 November 2018] Mission Hills Group in China has announced that The R&A will provide funding towards a new golf scholarship programme being set up at the world’s largest golf facility. The scholarships at Mission Hills will support talented young Chinese golfers by providing financial grants towards their golf training and competition. Tenniel Chu, Vice-Chairman of Mission Hills Group was joined by Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A for the announcement at Mission Hills Shenzhen in southern China, one of two Mission Hills resorts spanning 40 square kilometres and 22 golf courses. Also present was Edmund Chu, Managing Director of SECA, China’s fastest growing sports management company which will partner with Mission Hills to underwrite the new scholarship initiative. The announcement took place during a keynote address by Mr. Slumbers to more than 200 delegates at Sports Connects, the China Sports Forum. Tenniel Chu, Mission Hills Group Vice-Chairman said: “Since my late father founded Mission Hills 25 years ago, my family has been fully committed to growing golf in China. We have invested millions of dollars into youth development and more than 100,000 competitive rounds have been played by junior golfers at Mission Hills. This announcement is another exciting chapter in our long relationship with The R&A, dating back to when Mission Hills hosted the first Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in 2009. The R&A’s commitment to growing the game in China has been unwavering throughout.” Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A said: “This Golf Scholarship Programme is an important step forward in supporting young people in China, in both golf and personal development. The outcomes of initiatives like this that will underpin The R&A’s purpose, to ensure golf is thriving 50 years from now.” Edmund Chu, Managing Director of SECA said: “Given our work with several Chinese athletes and events and our long-term friendship with Mission Hills SECA is committed to supporting the next generation of sporting talent in China. As the global governing body for golf, The R&A’s endorsement and support of our scholarship programme is significant and will hopefully allow us to unearth the next Feng Shanshan or Li Haotong, and potentially a future Open champion.” Underwritten by Mission Hills and SECA, the Golf Scholarship Programme at Mission Hills will aim to support talented Chinese golfers aged 18 and under, boys and girls, with financial grants towards their training and competition and potentially their education. The application process and further details on the programme will be announced in the coming weeks with the aim of taking in students from early next year. Later in 2019, the programme will be expanded to support students in other sports as well, including basketball and football in conjunction with FC Barcelona and the NBA, both of whom announced strategic partnerships with Mission Hills in 2017.