Two members of the Academy staff of English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers will be spending a week in India with the Wolves Community partner club, JCT FC in Punjab. The community-led relationship between I-League side JCT FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers was established in 2008 as part of the 'Wolverhampton-India' partnership with the help of the 'Punjabi Wolves' fanclub of the Wanderers. Since the partnership began between the two clubs, a number of exchange visits have been arranged.
In the latest the Wolves Academy head sports scientist John Iga and Academy physiotherapist Jaswant Sodhi have arrived in India to start special training programme, in which they will view JCT FC's facilities, share best practices and hold coaching sessions with the team and coaching staff.
In May 2008 JCT president Samir Thapar received Wolves CEO Jez Moxey; the First Team Coach Terry Connor, and Member of Parliament for Wolverhampthon, Pat McFadden. They toured JCT FC's then new training complex and football ground at Hoshiarpur before a specially arranged youth team training session was conducted by Terry Connor.
In 2009 a high-level delegation led by Samir Thapar went to Wolverhampton to work on the further plans of the partnership.
Similarly, in July 2010, five young players and a coach from JCT FC visited Wolverhampton and spent a week there for training with the Wolves Academy at the Compton Training Ground.
JCT President Samir Thapar expressing happiness said, "I am satisfied with the development of relationship between our two clubs. The annual visits from both sides have taken place in the spirit of planned community led partnership and knowledge sharing, making the relationship stronger with each interaction."
John Iga said, "I am really looking forward to the visit. It will be really interesting to see the differences in facilities and working practices between JCT and our own." He further added that, "Youth development is just as important to JCT as it is to us, and so we will be helping each other to improve the process as best as we can."
JCT coach Parminder Singh said, "It was really nice to work closely with experts when we visited Wolves Academy in Wolverhampton. With Wolves experts coming to India it would be a great learning experience for JCT team when they take practice sessions in our training ground."