The Football Business Academy and Girona FC have established a partnership that will see both organisations collaborate on educational and professional development matters.
Commenting, Delfí Geli, President of Girona FC, said: “It is very important for Girona FC to be part of The FBA network as many distinguished professionals within the industry collaborate with them. The agreement is a great opportunity for our club to welcome young and talented students, who will be sharing their vision on the world of football with us. We are sure that we will benefit from their knowledge and innovative ideas.”
The LaLiga club which is co-owned by City Football Group and Girona Football Group (the latter led by Pere Guardiola, brother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola). The club is still only in its first ever top flight season and has had to professionalise its internal structure and processes considerably in order to compete with other LaLiga sides on and off the pitch.
The partnership will allow Girona FC to pick the brains of The FBA’s master degree candidates while, in turn, offering them a unique learning environment for their professional development in this industry.
“We are delighted to welcome Girona FC as our partner,” Kristian Dobrev, Partnerships Director, The FBA. “It’s a unique club with a lot of growth potential, making it a fantastic ally to collaborate with on strategic projects and talent pipeline development. We are looking forward to helping and seeing them grow into a sustainable and innovative LaLiga club.”
The partnership will kick off later this month when Girona FC hosts two of The FBA’s 1st Edition candidates during their internship module. The candidates, a Spaniard and a Colombian, will support the club’s marketing, merchandising and finance efforts with the intention of further developing the club’s commercial potential as it strives to sustain itself in the heights of Spanish football.
Furthermore, Girona FC will be able to sanction practical Student Business Projects (a consulting-like group project which candidates develop and present at the end of the Master program) – enabling The FBA candidates to show their worth in the football industry while serving the club in their best interest.