Indian Super League side Odhisa FC announced the International Partnership with Premier League team Watford FC on Wednesday. The clubs signed a three-year International club partnership.
This is a mutually beneficial partnership between the clubs as they'll support each other for the training of young footballers. Also, the partnership will cover up all the footballing and non-footballing aspects as well.
The partnership is going to be extremely beneficial and impactful for the development of Odhisa FC. Firstly, the great coaches from Watford will help and assist them to nurture their football ecosystem. Secondly, the young elite footballers from Odhisa FC will get the opportunity to learn and train with Watford's experienced players.
Thirdly, both the teams will support and collaborate to solve the issues and promote themselves. Another benefit of this collaboration is that the development and expansion of women's football. They will organize friendly matches for the women's teams in Odhisa and other parts of India.
The partnership comes with more advantages too. Odhisa FC will get to train at Watford as a part of the pre-season schedule. They will be playing some friendly matches in England as well. Lastly, both the clubs will work together in marketing and increasing their presence across all platforms in social media.
Odhisa FC's president Raj Athwal shared his views on the partnership. "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."
"We are excited at the prospect of working with Watford FC's coaches with a view to establishing a residential academy in Odisha, providing a conveyer belt of footballers who will one day proudly adorn the club colors and, as part of their development, have the opportunity to train at Watford's esteemed academy too. For the Odisha supporters, there is the exciting prospect of potentially loaning players from Watford FC and, equally, players from Odisha FC can be scouted to play in the English leagues."
Also, the commercial director of Watford FC, 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."
"Partnering with Odisha FC gives us a chance to get a real insight into football's global appeal and affords us a great chance to share learnings with a similarly ambitious club. Learning more about India and exploring its cultural richness and passion for sport is something we're all looking forward to doing right away."