We are very excited to announce a three year partnership with Rangers Football Club. We would like to officially present this huge announcement to you and explain how it will benefit all at Crusaders.
The discussions between both clubs started three years ago after I had witnessed an influx to Australia of European clubs trying to ‘cash in’ especially over the holiday periods. Rangers was actually one of those clubs, but after a brief discussion with the Head Coach of that Rangers camp, I was introduced to the Head of the Academy, and a different approach was put on the table.
I wanted opportunities for players in Australia and also opportunities for coaches to be educated and exposed to Academy life at the club. So in short I was asking Rangers to do things differently to all the other clubs who come and go with camps….I was asking them for a commitment to the players development over 12 months and to contribute to coach education to better the sport in Australia.
In January 2019, Crusaders embarked on a UK tour with Rangers being one of the clubs we visited. The experience at Rangers was incredible for our players and is often spoke about by the group who attended the tour. We look forward to visiting Rangers again with our players (post covid) and know that anyone visiting will be treated extremely well and opportunities are real and achievable.
We now have an agreement that will see the following:
⚽️ 12 months a year coach education.
⚽️ Tours, residential and trial opportunities for Crusaders players to travel to Rangers.
⚽️ Rangers Academy guidance of Crusaders programs.
⚽️ Full access for Rangers Academy staff to our analysis camera.
⚽️ Rangers staff visits to Crusaders to coach our players.
⚽️ Rangers staff visits to coach Crusaders coaches.
⚽️ Crusaders staff professional development visits to Rangers Academy.
Discussions with the commercial department are ongoing but at an advanced stage so in this I think you can see that this will not be some ‘fly by night’ partnership but one that will enhance our players, coaches and our club moving forward.
We hope you will all enjoy the benefits of what this partnership will bring and look forward to an even brighter future.