Gokulam Kerala FC news: Indian Women's League (IWL) champions pick Aspire FC as development partner

Aspire FC will sport the GKFC logo, and engage in brand cross-promotion on each other’s social media platforms.

Gokulam Kerala FC women's team; Credit: Twitter/@GokulamKeralaFC

Indian Women’s League (IWL) champions Gokulam Kerala FC (GKFC) have picked Pune-based newly-formed Aspire Football Club as their development partner for the 2022-23 season. The Aspire FC players will get an opportunity to train at the GKFC Academy in Kerala.  Similarly cross- exchange of coaching ideologies and understanding the hands-down pathway to move on is another add-on for Aspire. In addition to this, Aspire FC will sport the GKFC logo, and engage in brand cross-promotion on each other’s social media platforms, Aspire FC informed in a press release on Monday. 

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Gokulam support women’s football: Dr. Ashok Kumar

Dr. Ashok Kumar, CEO of Gokulam Kerala FC said: “We at Gokulam support women’s football and encourage as much as we can as part of our philosophy of equality. When Aspire F.C reached out to us, we realised through a series of talks that their focus was very much in-line with our own Academy, wherein players seek guidance, look at vision beyond, opportunities and inspiration.”

“As a young team, we felt Aspire FC, whose average age is around 18 years, deserves the push and align with our philosophy which is purely development, and hence in our own little way this partnership fructified. We have stitched together a bond and can say have kick-started an association that will grow for sure.”

The tie-up will help our players: Srikant Iyer

Srikant Iyer, secretary, Aspire FC and co-founder of Aspire India said, “The tie-up will help our players follow a pathway. That of graduating from youth to senior level football via the vehicle in the all-professional GKFC set-up. It’s a learning curve and how best to learn than from GKFC, who are undoubtedly the flag bearers of Indian women’s football in Asia. And to have them associated with us triggers encouragement. We thank GKFC for their wholehearted support in considering our request.”

GKFC sit at the summit of IWL standings

GKFC is currently participating in the IWL, occupying the top spot in the points table with a perfect record of 10 wins from as many games. The Kerala outfit thrashed Odisha 7-1 on Sunday to continue their stunning goal-scoring form. They have netted 63 goals so far, 22 more than the second-placed Sethu FC, who also have 30 points. GKFC’s Elshaddai is the top scorer with 19 goals while her teammate Manish Kalyan occupies the second spot with 13 scalps to her name. 

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