Sheffield FC looks to develop links in India
Sheffield FC, the world’s oldest football club, managed by British Asian former Rotherham and Bradford midfielder Chris Dolby, are working to develop football in India.
“We are looking forward to developing the soccer scene in India. English football shares good ties with its Indian counterpart and therefore, we are looking forward to a synergy that would eventually benefit the game,” Sheffield FC chairman Richard Tims said.
Tims said Indian football was headed in the right direction and there was no dearth of professionalism in the country.
“Apart from promoting football, we have certain community development projects in India as well, which is a part of our corporate social responsibility,” he added.
“From what I have observed on our visit so far, Indian football has become technically sound as well. The standard of soccer here has improved by leaps and bounds,” the Sheffield FC chief said.
The club, founded in 1857, is yet to secure a berth in the professional leagues in the UK.
“As of now, we want to stick to the principles set by our forefathers who founded the club. But we want to win as many games as possible in the amateur circuit,” Tims added.
Manager Dolby added: “Some aspects, however, need corrective measures. For Indian football to rub shoulders at the world level, players have to improve aspects like physical fitness and tackling.”