Wolves set up partnership with Indian I-League club
A community-led project has been set up between Wolves and India I-League club Jagatjit Cotton and Textile (JCT FC), with the aim of producing a player good enough to join the Molineux academy.
Yesterday, five young players from JCT and their coach, Parminder Singh, arrived at Wolves to spend a week developing their skills.
Originally the brainchild of Punjab Wolves – the 500-strong multi-cultural group of gold and black devotees – the first seeds of the link-up between the clubs was sown in May 2008 when Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey and assistant manager Terry Connor, as well as Wolverhampton MP Pat McFadden, travelled to JCT’s new complex in Hoshiarpur.
This week will see the Wolves academy coaches pass on their knowledge to Singh, who will return to the Punjab at the end of the week with his players ready to implement the new techniques and advice.
Singh explained: “The ultimate dream is to get a player over here but the game needs to develop because football is not the main sport – cricket is so big there.”
Wolves academy boss Kevin Thelwell said: “First and foremost, it’s a lead on the community-based thing we had previously in terms of the visits to India with Jez and Terry.
“I want to build on that link, but in due course, the main aim is to develop an Asian player to play for Wolves’ first team.
“It’s very much about the players getting an experience of what the football is like over here and for them to be able to take that, as well as the features and characteristics of our players, back home.
“But it’s also heavily based on coach education and we’ve been talking to Parminder about the way in which we work with the players, not just in pre-season, but also during the season and how we fit our games into that structure.
“We’ve also been talking in terms about the way we play from a technical perspective. We’re hoping we’ll have a couple of Wolves coaches who will go out to India and support the link further in that respect in terms of coach education. It’s a solid relationship on all fronts.”
Excerpt from Express & Star