Finnish football club opens branch in India and ties up with Chennai City FC

JS Hercules from Oulu, Finland and Chennai City FC, India, signed a long-term cooperation agreement on Thursday.

The partnership includes off-season opportunities including education and work placements for the players and staff of both clubs.   -  M. Vedhan (Representational Image)

JS Hercules from Oulu, Finland and Chennai City FC, India, signed a long-term cooperation agreement on Thursday.

The club, in a joint statement, said “the goal of the partnership is to show the power of football in societies where these two clubs originate and how football can be used to boost business, trade and exchange of knowledge on and off the pitch in order for the whole community to benefit from.”

The partnership also includes off-season opportunities including education and work placements for the players and staff of both clubs. This tie-up will also include staff and player exchange between the two clubs to improve the sporting success and exchange of best practices and projects between the clubs; in sport, in business and in social engagement.

Rohit Ramesh, co-owner of Chennai City FC said, “I have been approached by many European clubs before regarding a partnership, but Hercules is the first club that has had something unique to offer. Their innovative and social entrepreneurial approach to sport impressed me. We share a mutual understanding of how football and sport in general can be used for the benefit of the community. This partnership is also a wonderful opportunity for upcoming players from Tamil Nadu who are a part of Chennai City Football Club – not only to grow as players but also as fully-rounded individuals with educational and cultural exposure. By joining our forces like this, both clubs make our communities expand over the borders.”

Christian Happel, CEO of JS Hercules added, “Immediately when we first contacted Rohit Ramesh we felt that we have found a person whom to work with on long-term basis. I see this partnership as a huge thing for the Finnish and Indian businesses. This is a state level affair which proves the power of football as the best connector of people and businesses.”

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