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Bolton Wanderers Partners

By Mark Heys
June 30 2006

Bolton Wanderers have forged links with a number of clubs in an attempt to improve commercially and professionally. Here we take a look at what's been happening at our feeder clubs.

Midway through the 2002-2003 season the Wanderers announced they had forged links with Northern Ireland based outfit Ballymena United, currently managed by the ex-Bolton goalkeeper Tommy Wright.

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In May 2006 the club also revealed that they had formed a link up with top Chinese side Wuhan Huangelou F.C after they had just completed a relatively successful season within the Chinese league. Wuhan are former Chinese league champions and have also lifted the Chinese Cup in recent times.

The link up with the Chinese club strives to:

Deliver UEFA coaching qualifications to coaches, ex-players and aspiring young people. These qualifications will be delivered at the development centre in Wuhan and possibly at Bolton Wanderers in England.

- Establishing a Bolton Wanderers / Wuhan Football Academy in Wuhan to deliver UEFA standard coaching to football students. Students will have the opportunity to attend development courses and summer camps at Bolton Wanderers FC in the UK.

- Deliver courses in turf technology to aspiring young people in China, with the opportunity to progress to HE courses at partner colleges / universities in the UK.

- Deliver foundation courses in football business and commerce to aspiring young people in China, with the opportunity to progress to HE courses at partner colleges / universities in the UK.

- Deliver courses in sports science to aspiring young people in China, with the opportunity to progress to HE courses at partner / universities in the UK.

- Deliver English language tuition as part of all of the other courses available at the centre, with the opportunity to progress to HE courses at partner colleges / universities in the UK.

- Assist in the recommendation of foreign players to Chinese football clubs, and also to assist in recommending Chinese football players to overseas clubs.

- All profits from the Development Centre will be shared equally by all parties.

In addition, both Clubs will share ideas for the commercial exploitation of stadia - the city has also developed one of the top ten stadiums in Asia with the building of the state-of-the-art 60,000 all-seater Wuhan Stadium built in 2002 - and use the partnership as a platform for North West companies to enter the China market.

The town of Bolton will also benefit from the Club's respective strategies with economic, education and cultural links all being generated on the back of the profile and relationships built by the clubs.

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In July 2006, the Spanish Segunda league side Elche C.F announced that they had come to an agreement with the Wanderers over the trade of tactical methods and player exchanges. This is yet another partnership which will hopefully bear fruit for those concerned in the years ahead.

More information about Elche can be found on their official website www.elchecf.es

 

 

 

 

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