The third edition of The Football Movement will be held in Mumbai on the 22nd and 23rd February. The UK Department for International Trade together with the Premier League and India On Track are bringing Premier League and Indian football clubs, sports organisations and businesses together to focus on ‘Commercial Sustainability and the Growth of Football in India’.
The two-day conference will feature keynote speakers including Premier League Managing Director Richard Masters, Director General of UK Department for International Trade, India & South Asia and representatives of the Indian Super League (ISL), Premier League clubs and the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Panel sessions, workshops, and keynote speeches will provide a platform for UK and Indian businesses to discuss opportunities and issues they currently face from a commercial sustainability perspective and the road ahead for each sector.
Once again, the Indian delegates will include key decision-makers from leading corporates, brands and the football industry itself – clubs, league and federation representatives, broadcasters as well as officials of relevant government bodies. From the UK, the Premier League will lead the delegation alongside representation from some clubs, as well as industry experts.
Former Manchester United player Nemanja Vidić will be a special guest at the event. He will speak about his Premier League experiences.
On the third edition of the conference; British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India and Director General, Department for International Trade, India & South Asia Crispin Simon said: “I’m delighted to see the growing interest for football and for the Premier League among young Indians. The Football Movement continues to drive India-UK football collaboration forward. Indian football is going places, and the UK stands as a committed, dedicated and expert partner, with the technology, experience and enthusiasm to share India’s goals.
The theme of ‘Commercial Sustainability’ for this year’s Football Movement conference will give a further push for UK businesses and their Indian partners to explore long term collaborations. The partnerships forged here will inspire and enable faster growth of football in India. We’ve seen how football can bring together communities. It is this unifying aspect that is most exciting for the growth of the football ecosystem in India with the UK as its partner of choice. ”
Richard Masters, Premier League Managing Director said: “The continued popularity of the ISL, the success of the recent U17 FIFA World Cup and the millions of passionate Premier League fans demonstrate the growing interest in football in India. We work extremely closely with the ISL, AIFF and other organisations to support the development of the game at all levels. The Football Movement conference provides opportunity to discuss further ways to grow the sport. I have no doubt that this year’s event will see productive sessions that address how to maintain continued growth of the game both on and off the pitch.”
Nemanja Vidić said: “It is clearly an exciting time for football in India at the moment. As a professional footballer, I saw first-hand not just the passion for the Premier League but also how football can positively impact communities around the world. I am looking forward to bringing some of my own Premier League experiences to the Football Movement conference next week.”
Vivek Sethia, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, India On Track added: “We believe in ideas that can shape the ideal football community. The true potential lies in understanding that people who are passionate about the game are driving the community towards the sport of football, be it starting with football clubs or societies or the fans. The Football Movement will help us lay down strong foundations for an ecosystem that will build on the growth seen in football over the last few years.”
A delegation of UK businesses and top British football clubs are participating in the conference. The delegation includes top corporates like Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Integer Sport, Sports Grounds Safety Authority, Pattern Design Ltd, Jon Tibbs Associates, Textron, Blackstone Chambers, Sports Grounds Safety Authority, Populous, Grimshaw Global, Football for Peace Global. There will also be senior management from Southampton F.C. and Brighton & Hove Albion FC.