'Football Movement' conference to be held on 2nd and 3rd March; Alan Shearer to attend

Mumbai: British and Indian football organisations and businesses will come together to discuss ways to grow the sport in India during the 'Football Movement' conference to be held on 2nd and 3rd March.

Organised by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) together with India On Track (IOT) and the Premier League, the two-day conference will feature keynote speakers including Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League, St.John Gould, Director for UK Trade and Economics, India at the British High Commission and representatives of the Indian Super League and Premier League clubs.

The Indian delegates will get an opportunity to meet English footballing legend and the Premier League's all-time top goal scorer (260 Premier League goals), Alan Shearer, who will present a special address at the conference.

Representational image. Getty

Representational image. Getty

Alan Shearer said: "I've seen the power football has to bring communities together all over the world, whether through playing or coming together to watch the sport.

"It's fantastic to see the growing interest in the Premier League in India and I hope that The Football Movement will identify opportunities and help establish partnerships that will contribute to the continued development of the local game."

A delegation of UK businesses and top British football clubs including companies such as; Amaven, Alad, Baltic Publications, Final Third Sports Media, PwC, Deltatre, AVC Immedia, Barriers International India, Steer Davies Gleave and senior management from the following clubs; Arsenal, Southampton, Everton, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and Charlton Athletic, will be part of the event.

The theme for this year's conference is 'Strengthening the Football Ecosystem in India'.

It will focus on the broader aspects of the game, with a view to assessing the current landscape in greater detail. The conference seeks to address the core pillars of modern-day football such as commercial sustainability, youth development, leagues and competitions, broadcasting, support services as well as the role of corporates through CSR.

St.John Gould, Director for UK Trade and Economics, India at the British High Commission, New Delhi will deliver the welcome address at the conference, which will be attended by distinguished panelists and speakers, including industry leaders, policy-makers, investors, and pioneers in the field of commerce of football, from both India and the UK.

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Updated Date: Feb 23, 2017 22:34:51 IST

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