This is the English club’s first-ever partnership in India.

Southampton FC have announced that they have joined hands with Thane City FC to its portfolio of International Academy Partners. The club have signed a partnership that will see Southampton FC’s Football Partnership team supporting Thane City’s development goals over the next three years.

Thane’s aim is to create an environment that challenges, inspires, and encourages aspiring footballers, by enabling them to reach their fullest potential.

Mark Abrahams, Director of Business and Community Development commented: “Our International Academy Partnerships are built on a shared value in coach and player development. We’re delighted to welcome Thane City to the programme and look forward to working with their coaching team and the Thane community over the coming years.”

Located on the north-western side of the state of Maharashtra, the city is an immediate neighbour of Mumbai Metropolitan Region city and a part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

The partnership will see a range of opportunities for Thane City FC staff, players and parents to engage with Southampton FC’s coach and player development programme. Areas of focus for the partnership include access to the Southampton FC curriculum, online resource library, and a Coach Education webinar series. Southampton FC Academy staff will also undertake a visit to Thane each year to work with both coaches and players when travel corridors open up and it is safe to travel.

Prashant J Singh, co-founder of Thane City FC said: “This partnership will propel the entire football ecosystem not only in Thane but the entire region. With a residential setup in process, partnering with a club like Southampton was exactly what we needed in terms of expertise, knowledge-sharing, and exchange programs.”

The team at Complete Sports Solutions India stated: “It is an honour to be part of the journey in negotiating this partnership with Southampton and Thane City FC. We are proud to be in a position to partner a club that is rich in footballing with an exciting and vibrant club in Thane City FC to aid their growth and development.”

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