Kolkata, December 8, 2021: Roundglass Punjab FC head coach Ashley Westwood addressed the media at a virtual press conference on Wednesday, December 8, as the club prepares for the upcoming I-League 2021-22 season, which starts on December 26.
Westwood shared his thoughts: “The club has been thought out and built for the right reasons. Our founder Sunny (Gurpreet) Singh is deeply interested in sports and he wants to create sports opportunities for children and youth in Punjab, where he came from. He wants to enable overall well-being of people not only through sports but also by focusing on nutrition, education, healthy lifestyle and other aspects of wellness. “
“The same principle applies to our football team. We want to build a healthy, honest and hard working team and inspire the youth with our performance and style of play in line with Sunny’s vision, providing a real platform that the children and youth of Punjab want to see. , And it helps them to nurture their dream of becoming athletes, ”he added.
Roundglass Punjab FC’s pre-season training began in October and the team has been in Kolkata ever since, with players and support staff housed in a bio-protected environment.
“The pre-season has been good. This is a new team and the more time we spend with each other, the better. Living in this environment, which means staying and working together day and night, helps bring the team together and helps us learn more about each other and understand the character of each team member, which is part of our decision-making process. Another advantage of being together is that we can focus on football, because there is no confusion and we can control the environment. We’re trying to keep things challenging for the players and at the same time make sure it’s not monotonous, ”Westwood said.
A two-time I-League winner at Westwood, Bangalore FC and an experienced professional with more than 25 years of experience as a player and coach, Roundglass joined Punjab FC in July as head coach. The club has also made a strong statement of intent in the summer transfer window, following an impressive I-League debut under new ownership last season.
“The players we have contracted with give us balance and are brought in not only for their skills, but also for their professionalism and experience. I know the players I have worked with before will work properly and will be ideal not only for the young players at the club, but also for our academy and our fans. We wanted a balance of youth and experience in the squad so that we could challenge for the I-League, “said Westwood.
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