New Delhi, 3rd March 2021 – In a consistent and collaborative step to grow sporting and economic ties of Spain and India, the Spanish football league - LaLiga collaborated with Indo Spanish Chamber of Commerce (ISCC) to discuss ‘Indian & Spanish Football Relations and Business Opportunities’ through a webinar. In a highly interactive discussion, dignitaries associated to the Indian and Spanish football ecosystem spoke about football being the focal point, which has the potential to bring the two countries stronger together, and discussed forthcoming business opportunities, which backs their vision of growth in the Indian market. This was yet another initiative to fulfil the ever-growing demand of Spanish Football and culture in India.
The event started with a special address by Ms. Montserrat Momán Pampillo, Charge d´ affaires, Embassy of Spain in India followed by discussion by Kike Perez, Business Director at Cadiz CF, Javier Cabrera, Director at Deportivo Alaves international academy, Ashish Shah, Founder Dynamic Sports, Vivek Sethia, Founder & CEO, India on Track and Jose Antonio Cachaza, Managing Director, LaLiga India. The conversation had two major points, which spoke about importance of Football in the Indian market and how the sport has the potential to build a flourishing business ecosystem.
Jose Antonio Cachaza, Managing Director, LaLiga India said, “Football in India is still growing. We are trying to increase our international appeal and India is one of the key markets that we are targeting. Our objective as the Spanish football league is to leave footprints of our competition and our clubs in the Indian football ecosystem.”
Kike Perez, Business Director, Cadiz CF, said “India is a very important market and it is growing extensively. Being in the business development sector for years and as Spanish clubs we can help the Indian clubs level up and grow rapidly by partnerships and tie ups and provide them with our technical know-how while also providing them with the best trained coaches and support staff at their academies.”
Javier Cabrera, Program Director, Deportivo Alaves, International Academy (Ex- Technical Director, LaLiga Football Schools India) said, “The development of infrastructure will be key towards improving the quality of football training and coaching in India in the coming years. At Alaves we have started an International football academy for which we are looking to have a lot of international players to come train with us and improve their skillset. We are really looking forward to having players from India.”
Ashish Shah, Founder, Dynamic Sports (Ex – CEO Chennaiyin FC & Odisha FC) said, “India is an emerging market for football and hence the business opportunities are immense. The entire football ecosystem is developing fast - leagues, clubs, academies, players, coaches, support staff, intermediaries, kits, fitness and nutrition products, travel services, media, technology solutions, sports education etc. This makes India a very exciting place to be in.”
Vivek Sethia, Founder and CEO, India on Track said, “India has a strong culture of recreation among children, especially sport based. This provides a good opportunity for development at the grassroots, impacting a large population of young Indians who are eagerly looking for an outlet to play. Football is one of the most accessible sports, which makes it ideal for engaging the youth. Indian sports continues to develop its technical expertise through training initiatives like the LaLiga Football Schools, which teach kids across India to play the ‘Spanish way’.”