RANGERS Football Club is today delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Indian professional football club Bengaluru FC.
The two year collaboration will present a number of footballing and commercial opportunities for each club during the period.
Bengaluru FC is an Indian professional football club based in Bengaluru, Karnataka, and plays in the 25,000 seater Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
The club was established in 2013 and since then has won three league titles, two federation Cup titles, and a super cup championship.
During the length of the link-up, the Light Blues will look to have an active presence in the Indian footballing market enabling the club to grow its international audience. The partnership will also encompass a scouting link up with the Indian Super League side to identify India’s best talent with a view to opening up opportunities.
The Rangers Academy will travel to India and be welcomed at Bengaluru’s state of art training centre as part of the strategy to prepare our young players for the challenges and experiences which lie ahead for them in the future.
Rangers Soccer Schools will also be holding training camps in Bengaluru and will be bringing tour groups to Glasgow to see how to play and train the Rangers way.
A Rangers Legends side, packed with players who have played for the Gers in the past will travel to India to play and also to take part in fan engagement events whilst also visiting Soccer Schools camps.
A culture of knowledge sharing will also be fostered, with experiences and opportunities discussed across a number of different departments across both clubs. Rangers will also look to grow into the Indian market by hosting screening events in Bengaluru for fans.
Rangers Managing Director Stewart Robertson said: “We’re excited and proud to announce our partnership with reigning Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC, especially at this time when football in India, a country of 1.3 billion people, is entering a period of unprecedented growth.
‘”The Club’s international strategy is a core-pillar to our growth plans and this partnership opens up Rangers to the vast football community in India and provides a great platform for us to engage with our wider fanbase, and the South Asian communities at home here in Scotland’’
Mandar Tamhane, CEO, Bengaluru FC:
“It is a matter of pride for us to be partnering with Rangers FC – a club that is laden with history and is one of the top football brands globally.
“The partnership is based on an exchange of knowledge and services, one that we are looking to make the most of. Bengaluru FC’s endeavour has been to help grow Indian football and our association with Rangers is a big step in that direction.
“We are excited about the development our academy, Soccer Schools and grassroots programmes will be exposed to, in the coming years. There is also the prospect of our first team visiting and playing a game at the Ibrox, which is something we are looking forward to. We are certain of the success of this partnership.”