Cessnock Sportsground attracts international attention

Cessnock City Council welcomed Tianjin TEDA Football club to the region as they prepare for the upcoming Chinese Super League season.
Cessnock City Council welcomed Tianjin TEDA Football club to the region as they prepare for the upcoming Chinese Super League season.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said it is fantastic to have the team in town and to see them training hard at the local facility.  

“It is wonderful Tianjin has made the choice to train at the Cessnock Sportsground”.  

“It is a credit to this first class facility and builds on its reputation following the 2015 Asian Cup”.  

“We look forward to continuing to expand our opportunities with the Asian football community and hope the club has enjoyed their experience in Cessnock”, Cr Pynsent said.  

The warm weather is a challenge for the team who are from Tianjin which is based in North-eastern China. December in Tianjin is very different to a summer day in Cessnock with temperatures dropping to as low as minus seven degrees Celsius and reaching a top of six degrees Celsius.  

A member of the coaching team, Lee Lim Saeng said despite the hot weather they’ve all enjoyed their time in Australia.  

“The three weeks training we have here is good preparation ahead of the team’s games in Spain”.  

“The pitch is in great condition and training here has helped the team to adjust to playing in warmer conditions”, Mr Saeng said.  

Cessnock City Council wished the players all the best as they head to Spain early next year to continue their training ahead of the Chinese Super League season.