Thane City FC coaches’ Technical Visit to Southampton
Thane City FC coaches’ Technical Visit to Southampton

Thane City FC coaches’ Technical Visit to Southampton

Within a year of announcing their partnership with Southampton FC in November 2021, our Technical Director, Agnelo Fernandes, and Head of Player Development, Sathyanathan Hiriyan made their first technical visit to Southampton. Southampton Football Club, a professional football club based out of Southampton, Hampshire is one of the founding members of the very prominent league in modern football, the English Premier League.

Southampton FC has a global reputation for developing youth players who have gone on to make great strides in International football at the topmost stage. Agnelo and Sathyanathan began their visit with a comprehensive tour of Southampton FC’s home stadium, St Mary’s, and all the facilities present there. The further stay was a mixture of induction sessions, observing how Academy sessions are conducted, attending the Women’s team’s sessions, meeting several coaches, and also getting several inputs. 

Thane City FC at the Southampton FC Stadium, Training Ground and with the Coaches. TCFC's technical visit to Southampton

Southampton Academy

Aggie and Nathan got to observe Southampton FC’s Academy sessions and summer camps, as well as interact with the coaches in workshops. They were also introduced to several departmental heads of the club, including the Coach Development Manager, Commercial Director, Head of Foundation Phase, and Head of Technical Development, among many others.

Women’s Football 

Thane City FC’s top priority is Women’s football and its development. The next part of the technical visit was Aggie and Nathan attending training sessions and a game of Southampton FC’s Senior Women’s Team. They also got insights from the team’s General Manager on how to develop female players. 

Southampton’s hospitality

Our International Academy Partner was gracious enough to arrange wonderful seats for Southampton FC’s Men’s first team’s Premier League matches against Chelsea and Manchester United, in what turned out to be a memorable experience for the Thanekars. 

Here’s what our Technical Director, Aggie had to say about their fruitful visit to Southampton, “It was a massive experience in witnessing the infrastructure, training programs and interacting with the coaches of Southampton FC’s renowned academy. Moreover, the hospitality that they provided was one of a kind. It gives me goosebumps every time I think about it. We will surely implement a majority of our learnings from the visit at Thane City FC to help develop the club and enhance the growth of all our players in achieving their fullest potential.”

As our fruitful visit to Southampton ends, it is now time to implement everything learned on this technical visit. In another major announcement experts from Southampton FC will soon be coming to India to conduct Coach Education Conferences with Thane City FC in Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bangalore. To Register for the workshops – CLICK HERE

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