The Premier League outfit, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC or Wolves has announced its association with the Chicago City Soccer Club. Following this partnership, the English side has been labelled as the international partner of Chicago City SC.
This association will see both Wolves and Chicago City collaborating on various projects starting from 2022. These projects will include, providing new and exciting opportunities for all levels of talent throughout Wolverhampton and Chicago City.
While community camps and clinics, ID sessions, player and team exchanges, team tours, and online content will be created in Chicago, which will be within the Wolves framework, who will be providing additional professional-level engagement.
Speaking on the occasion, Joe Hunt, Wolves international project manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with Nick Mulvaney, the staff and all the amazing families at Chicago City Soccer Club”. “The last 18 months have been filled with conversations and planning and we are eager to finally launch this partnership as we all begin to emerge from pandemic restrictions and lockdowns in the UK and US.
“The pandemic gave us the time to discuss the partnership in more detail and find out how we can positively work together. Chicago City Soccer Club shares the same values as us here at Wolves – they are a progressive club who want to improve daily and have a positive environment for all their players.
“We will be delivering plenty of different activities in Chicago but also welcoming players and staff across to the UK to experience how we work, coach and play at Wolves. Nick has already been across to the UK and met with some of our senior management team as well as watching our home game against Everton.
“In addition to physical delivery in the US and UK, we will be hosting regular coaching webinars between our Academy staff and the staff from Chicago City SC. It’s exciting times again and now the travel corridors have reopened, we can continue our international work, starting with this exciting partnership in Chicago. We welcome Chicago City Soccer Club to the pack.”
Chicago City was founded in 2013, and it is the first and only Illinois 5 Star football club in the city of Chicago, which offers comprehensive training programmes to the youths living in the area, and now joining forces with Wolves, they would be opened to some exciting activities.
Nick Mulvaney, founder, and chief executive officer of Chicago City, had attended the Wolves vs Everton game, which was played at the start of this month. Following which Mulvaney was provided with an insight of the West Midlands and Wolves Academy, while he toured Compton Park and met the coaches and senior staff, including Wolves general manager for marketing and commercial growth Russell Jones.
During his visit, Mulvaney felt that there is a strong relationship between both the clubs and that could help Chicago City progress more in the future.
While he commented that, “Important factors in developing this partnership were our shared values and their steadfast commitment to excellence including Wolves’ strong family culture from top to bottom”. “Wolves were the perfect organisation to begin a long-term international partnership with, with their Category 1 Academy club to support our initiatives and elevate our organisation to the next level and bring more opportunities to our players.”