Former Villan Mark Lillis will be heading out to China for the next two weeks as he delivers expert coaching for us over in the Far East.
Lillis was part of the Graham Taylor promotion winning team that finished second in Division 2 in the 1987/88 season, making 28 appearances and scoring four goals.
He also made two appearances in the top flight during the 1988/89 season before moving on to Scunthorpe United.
Mark is a UEFA A licence coach who has enjoyed a successful coaching career, starting at Huddersfield Town managing the youth team.
In 1996, Mark made the move into senior football as assistant manager of Scunthorpe United before enjoying spells at Derby County, Stockport County and with the Northern Ireland international side.
Mark went full circle, re-joining Huddersfield Town as the Academy Manager in 2012 and has also acted as first team caretaker manager on four occasions between 2012-15.
The two-week trip will see Mark and two other Aston Villa coaches work with children aged between 5-13 in the cities of Nanchong and Changsha.
The scheme will also see Mark supporting local coaches by delivering seminars and workshops to help develop their coaching skills.
Former Villan Lillis said: “I am really looking forward to representing Villa in China.
“The club and owner are very passionate about starting up an Aston Villa Former Players Club and schemes like this not only help promote the club in China, but also provide a great opportunity for ex-players like myself to stay involved with the club.”