International partners joining the Cod ArmyFleetwood Town Football Club agreed a unique and ground-breaking club partnership with Uzbekistan top flight side Lokomotiv Tashkent in 2015.
The agreement between the two football clubs received international attention and has attracted interest from other football clubs outside the UK.
Given further interest the club are now eager to formalise and develop further partnerships with the aim of developing new relationships, sharing different ideas, promoting best practice and learning about how the game is played and represented in different cultures.
Only yesterday the club sealed their relationship with Cheshire League side, Wythenshawe Town, and today the club will be announcing that Finnish 3rd tier side Kaarinan Pojat will be joining forces with the Cod Army.
Partnerships require different levels of co-operation to suit the needs of each individual partner, but in principle the aims are to provide
- A thorough and mutual understand of different football cultures.
- Sharing of ideas and the best practices that are in place.
- An opportunity to network with numerous figures working within the world of football.
- Identifying emerging new talent coming through.
- International club branding opportunities
- Exchange visits for coaches, players and supporters.
- Commercial opportunities in new territories.
- International club partner tournaments and friendly fixtures.
Fleetwood Town CEO Steve Curwood said: “Given the recent levels of interest we we’re keen to formalise relationships with those clubs who have approached us or with whom we already have dealings.
“Formalising things are important in order for us to set some specific aim and goals ensuring that these partnerships deliver value for both sides rather than just being something on paper or a simple visit to each others town and
“Each partnership is very different. Some clubs are small grassroots clubs while others will be senior professional clubs.
“There’s always something you can learn from other football clubs, certainly internationally where things can be done very differently.
“Whether it’s talent identification, commercial opportunities, understanding of new coaching methods, soccer schools or coaching experiences, the list is endless really.
“Obviously we have the Lokomotiv Tashkent link, and the two boys who have been over here on work experience are about to return having enjoyed their time with us, and go away with very positive messages about the club, strengthening the opportunities we are working on with the Uzbek side.”