Goa, Oct. 4 : FC Goa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), in an effort to continue to promote the sport of football in the state especially its grassroots programme and football infrastructure development. The move will see Europe-India collaborations in technology, framework and best practices along with innovations to suit local needs in Goa through various projects, programmes and initiatives aimed at supporting football.
EBTC is coordinated by EUROCHAMBRES, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry with a mandate is to facilitate Europe-India cross-border collaboration. EBTC, amongst several others, represents the interests of the KNVB (The Royal Dutch Football Association) in India.
FC Goa are investing heavily in the grassroots programme so as to find top talent from the state and encourage more youngsters to take up the sport. The partnership with EBTC will enhance this programme further by providing facilities and technical expertise in accordance with European standards. EBTC will facilitate coaching under the ‘World Coaches’ programme for FC Goa, with ‘train the trainer’ programmes in the form of 5 day courses, which will ultimately support the structuring and professionalising of football in Goa.
Additionally, EBTC will also provide the club with a number of advantages such as technical advice with respect to developing new infrastructure, upgrading of existing infrastructure, revamping existing football academies, starting outreach programmes with a focus on scouting, providing creative business and funding models and tapping of its network for sponsorship partners in the future.