Professional football club-Odisha FC, based in Bhubaneswar, has signed a three-year historic International Club Partnership with Watford FC of England’s Premier League.
According to the club sources, the association will be mutually beneficial for both the regions where the clubs operate and will cover different footballing and non-footballing aspects.
The partnership will also play an important role in the development of the footballing eco-system in Odisha as coaches from Watford will help Odisha FC set up youth systems and players from Odisha FC’s elite youth team will get an opportunity to train with Watford's first team or academy team.
Watford and Odisha FC will support each other in their respective youth systems including scouting and training of young footballers and along with that they will collaborate and promote different grassroots programs as well. The clubs will also work together for the development of women’s football in the State and across India and friendly matches will be organised between their women’s teams.
In addition to that, the Bhubaneswar-based side will have an opportunity to travel and train at Watford as a part of the pre-season training and will also play friendly matches in England. Both the clubs will cooperate with each other in the selection of players, the appointment of coaching and support staff, improving tactical and technical aspects of the game among others for the respective first teams.
"We are excited and proud to announce a unique partnership with English Premier League club Watford FC. With both clubs looking to grow their brands globally, the partnership provides a unique platform to not only share best practices in all areas of our club but enhance the development of future players,” said Odisha FC's President Raj Athwal.
Watford FC’s Commercial Director Paul O’Brien said, “This is something really quite different and we love to get involved in new things that provide really different experiences for the club and our staff.”