Atlético de Madrid and the TATA Group signed a strategic agreement in New Delhi on Wednesday. Through this alliance, our Club returns to India, a market it considers key and in which it already had a successful experience with its participation in Atlético Kolkata, who won the Indian Superleague in 2014 and 2016.
The presentation of the agreement was attended by Atlético de Madrid CEO Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President of TATA Steel, Pavithra Kumar, Programme Director of Tata Trusts, Sunil Bhaskaran, CEO of Air Asia, Mukul Choudhari, CEO of Jamshedpur FC, the Spanish Ambassador to India, José Ramón Barañano, Javier Tebas, President of LaLiga, and Emilio Gutiérrez, Director of the Academy.
The agreement signed with the Indian giant represents an ambitious project that includes the development of TATA Atlético de Madrid Football Academy venues in different cities of India that will become centres of sporting excellence and will be advised by Atlético de Madrid professionals, who will live in India to supervise, coordinate and implement all the work, philosophy and methodology of the club.
The alliance also contemplates the realization of a plan to professionalize the players and the structure of Jamshedpur FC, property of TATA Steel, who compete in the Indian Superleague, and for technical and sporting advice of the first team.
Within this strategic agreement, a group of young Indian talents will be selected to form part of a long-term international training programme to be carried out by Atlético de Madrid in the Spanish capital. The aim of this program is to develop the talent of children through the values of sport and thanks to football as an integrating tool in society, who will live in the residence of our Academy and train in our facilities.
Chanakya Chaudhary, TATA Steel Vice President, analysed the agreement: "TATA Football Academy has been a nursery for Indian football for last 3 decades and has produced some of best Indian footballers, by partnering with Atletico de Madrid we intend to enhance the academy’s capability to international standards and to be the benchmark for best practices in training, administration and infrastructure.”
Pavithra Kumar, Programme Director of Tata Trusts said that “football in India is gaining a lot of momentum and we sincerely want to contribute to this upcoming movement. This partnership will allow us to gather expertise and will potentially fulfil our aim of putting India on the global map of the game. We look forward to nurturing some fantastic players from academy.”
Miguel Ángel Gil highlights the importance of the agreement: "For our club is an honour to join TATA Group as a strategic partner in this ambitious Football Development project. Both of us share the vision to build a sustainable future for Indian football. We will work together in an educational programme based in Atlético de Madrid values and focused in giving opportunities for the kids. Both TATA and Atlético de Madrid are two hundred year old institutions and for us it’s the perfect partner with a long term vision like us."
TATA, an economic giant in India.
The TATA Group is one of India's oldest and most respected economic groups and is a global brand that spans Africa, America, Asia and Europe. It has more than 620,470 employees and annual revenues of $108.8 trillion and assets in excess of $117.9 trillion thanks to its 98 companies operating in seven different sectors around the world.
Presentation in the framework of 'LaLiga Inmersion'.
The alliance between Atlético de Madrid and the TATA Group was presented during the first edition of 'LaLiga Inmersion' which is being held these days in New Delhi. It is a working group formed by representatives of 18 of the 20 clubs of LaLiga Santander, organized by LaLiga with the aim of enhancing the presence of our football in this market.