Southampton FC finally visited India for their Coach Education Conferences in collaboration with Thane City FC. The Saints’ Football Development Manager, Andy Martino, led the workshops in New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai from the 13th to the 17th of November 2022.
Thane City FC announced their International Academy Partnership with Southampton FC in November 2021, marking 1 year of their valuable association educating coaches in India. Since their arrival in India, the Saints participated in several activities with Thane City FC, starting with a Grassroots Festival on the last day of the E Certificate followed by a Coaches Workshop for Thane City FC’s frontmen. They then went on to attend Football Festivals in Gawand Baug and Lodha Amara before flying to New Delhi for the Conferences.
More than 100 coaches participated across all three cities to get a gist of The Southampton Way. On his visit to India, Andy Martino said, “This has been an amazing experience for me being in the country here, knowing and getting to interact with all these wonderful individuals. We are proud to have been associated with Thane City FC here in India.”
“The coaches here at Thane City FC are so well behaved and down to earth, their way of treating the children, giving them all their attention, it’s very profound. I would trust these coaches with my own children,” added Andy.
Thane City FC’s Head of Player Development, Mr. Sathyanathan Hiriyan who accompanied Andy on the entire tour said, “Andy is such a humble person, an amazing personality. He has immense knowledge of the game and since day one he’s been like an open book, ready to listen and share all he knows about. The learning environment created by him during the workshops has definitely made it easier for all the participants to understand and soak all the knowledge he’s been giving out”
The Southampton FC tour in India is proof that football has come a long way in our country. This knowledge-sharing from the best in the business will help create a stronger foundation for the footballing pyramid of the country. We look forward to more valuable collaborations with the Saints in our pathway going forward.