Located in the central England and 273 km north of London, Sheffield is the fourth largest English Core City. It covers an area of 368 square kilometers with a population of 530,000. The city of Sheffield once gained an international reputation for its steel industry and got the nickname “Steel City”. It now concentrates on the development of some emerging industries such as science and technology and sports, and is a world famous teaching and research center, cultural and sports center, and creative industry city. The rapid growing up of its Cultural Industrial Quarter (CIQ) has gathered more than 300 organizations and small businesses. Sheffield held World University Games in 1991 and the well-know Sheffield United Football Club sits here. A third of the city lies within the Peak District National Park which is often praised as the “oxygen bar” of U.K. and named as Britain’s most secure city by Home Office of U.K.
Events Between Chengdu and Sheffield
Chengdu and Sheffield officially established their relationship in 2007 and the major exchange events of the two cities in recent year are as follows:
Sheffield United Football Club was successfully controlled Chengdu Wuniu Football Club in January, 2006 and renamed it as Chengdu Blades Football Club. The Blades Team was qualified in Chinese Super League in 2007 and successfully stayed up in 2008.
Vice Mayor Jiang Xianlun led a delegation to visit Sheffield and signed the friendly cooperation memorandum of the two cities in April, 2007.
Sheffield government delegation visited Chengdu in March, 2008 and talked with relevant departments about exploring cooperation in the fields of economy, education, sports, culture and so on.
Sheffield government delegation visited Chengdu in December, 2008 and made further discussion with relevant departments about the cooperation in the projects of disaster relief, aids and assistance, cultural performance, educational cooperation and so on.
After the 5.12 Wenchuan Earthquake, people in Sheffield actively raised money for the earthquake-stricken area amount to £21,000 which has been used to support the construction of Maogu Primary School, Fuxing Town, Jintang County and student exchange program. Further more, primary school recommend by Sheffield Government would establish sister schools with Maogu Primary School, and 5 students and a teacher from Maogu School were invited to Sheffield for two weeks’ learning experience.
Students and teachers representatives from Chengdu Shude Middle School visited Sheffield High School in 2008, and Sheffield High School revisited Shude Middle School in 2010.
Sheffield Bagpipes Performance Group of 36 people came to Chengdu and took part in the Opening Ceremony and sub-area performs of the 2nd International Festival of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in June, 2009, which was warmly welcomed by Chengdu people.
Zhang Ningsheng, Vice Chairman of Chengdu Committee of the CPPCC, led a delegation to visit Sheffield in November, 2009 and talked with related institutions and colleges for the cooperation in the field of education.
Councilor Colin Ross led economic and trade, educational, and sport delegation to visit Chengdu in March, 2010. On March 23, Councilor Ross officially signed sister cities agreement with Mayor Ge Honglin.