LaLiga Club, Deportivo Alavés has partnered with LaLiga India’s focal grassroots development project, LaLiga Football Schools to adopt the St Joseph’s turf in Bandra, Maharashtra.
Deportivo Alavés will administer the programme that provides technical training to young people and trainers as well as participate in additional engagement activities for developmental engagement as part of the center’s adoption.
The alliance was recently established through a tournament followed by fun fiesta at the Turf, as part of an engagement initiative for the participants. 48 young aspirants participated in the tournament, and they were split into three divisions based on their age (u10, u14, u16). Deportivo Alavés provided sponsored kits to all participating players, and at the conclusion of the competition, the players received official club memorabilia. This event marks the beginning of initiatives and training programmes organised by Alavés club.
Expressing on the move, Miguel Casal Bouzon, Regional Technical Head, LaLiga football schools, said “With this partnership Deportivo Alavés becomes the latest LaLiga club to enter India aiming to develop players both on and off the pitch. This association serves a fantastic opportunity for young aspirants to understand the technical aspect of the sport such as tactics, mental strength, fitness, and agility and prepare them to represent their respective teams at any platform.”
Speaking on the development, Jose Antonio Cachaza, Managing Director, LaLiga India, said, ““We specifically want to foster the hard work and commitment mentality at Deportivo Alavés in the young Indian football players. Deportivo Alavés is home to some of the most technically strong coaching staff and crew, who exude rich Spanish football DNA. Due to our shared enthusiasm for developing the beautiful game and the appetite we see this country having for it, they are the perfect partners for the LaLiga Football Schools programme.”
Commenting on it, Fernando Iriarte, Head of International Academy, Deportivo Alavés, said, “India is one of the biggest markets for any sports club, and we elated to partner with LaLiga Football Schools in India. We look forward to using our technical know-how to help young athletes improve their sporting knowledge and skill. We are hopeful that with our efforts we would be successful in helping young footballers get closer to their dream of playing professional football and also create awareness around our club among and strengthen our fanbase in India.”
Deportivo Alavés is a Spanish Football club that was established on January 23, 1921 in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Álava, Basque Country) and has been representing the historical territory of Álava-Araba through football for 101 years. Although it originally responded to the name of Sport Friend’s Club (its beginnings date back to July 1920), it was in January 1921 when it came to bear the name by which it is known today: Deportivo Alavés.
The LaLiga Football Schools Project was initiated in 2018 and since then has impacted 10,000+ students in the country. The programme, which is developed and administered by UEFA pro-licensed coaches from Spain, provides access to global football methodology and technical training to students aged between 9 to 15 years all over India. Furthermore, the programme is also designed to leave a deeper impact on the grassroots level through training of Indian football coaches and administrators of the programmes.