This is the second edition of the conference, a joint venture between the UK Government (through the Department for International Trade/International Trade and Investment), the Premier League and Star Sports - the league’s TV broadcaster in India.
The conference focused on “Strengthening the Football Ecosystem in India”, with panel sessions, keynote speeches and workshops all aimed at enhancing the Premier League’s positive relationship with the Indian Super League, the I-League and Indian clubs, as well as the All India Football Federation, key companies investing in the football market and local broadcasters.
The Club was given a platform to discuss its work in India, where it has an estimated fan base of 5.8 million, with a well-established Official Supporters’ Club that has chapters in a number of major cities and a Hindi-language Twitter account.
Since 2014, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has worked with Special Olympics Bharat to enable the Club to deliver coach education workshops that aim to develop grassroots coaching standards for people with intellectual disabilities across India.
The ongoing project has so far seen over 2,000 coaches trained in India, with members of the India Spurs Official Supporters’ Club offering assistance to Foundation coaches in delivering the sessions, helping break down language and cultural barriers.
Between 2009 and 2011, the Club funded Team India at the annual Homeless World Cup as part of a relationship with Krida Vikas Sanstha Nagpur (KVSN).
In addition to providing financial support to Team India, Tottenham Hotspur also provided kit, coaching advice and signed memorabilia for auction.
During this week’s visit to Mumbai, Club representatives met with members of India Spurs based in the city, along with Sandra Vaz, State Director for Special Olympics Bharat and one of the local coaches that has benefitted from the Club’s work, Archie Das.
Other notable guests to attend the conference included Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman, Premier League, television presenter Manish Bhasin and former England striker, Alan Shearer.