Chelsea Village plc and
Total Network Solutions have cemented a ground breaking
partnership that could revolutionise both the footballing
and business worlds.
Ken Bates, Chairman of Chelsea Village plc and Mike
Harris, Managing Director of Total Network Solutions
were looking to establish a business partnership
that would lead to the sharing of business opportunities.
While Ken Bates heads the successful Chelsea Village
plc, Total Network Solutions is the number one supplier
of voice and data communications.
During discussions it became apparent that the two
had far more than business in common, for both own
successful football clubs. Therefore, the most logical
scenario to further cement this partnership would
be to twin not only the two businesses but also
the two football clubs.
Mike Harris is delighted at the possibilities that
working with Chelsea will bring.
He said: We are pleased that one of England's top
teams, has recognised the value of the National
Welsh Premier League. We see many benefits, including
player development, where Chelsea's younger players
can play top flight National and European football,
and in exchange, players in Wales can gain exposure
to the English League system.
Gianfranco Zola signs autographs after Chelsea's friendly
All of us at our company are also very excited at opportunity to
raise the profile of our company through working alongside Chelsea
Village plc at their prestigious office facilities in central London.
Ken Bates, Chairman of Chelsea FC and Chelsea Village plc added:
We very much look forward to working with TNS and Mike Harris, their
brilliant, innovative Chairman.
In season 2001/2, Chelsea finished in sixth place and were runners
up to Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Total Network Solutions FC also enjoyed a fruitful season earning
qualification for the UEFA Cup from their second spot finish in
The relationship is not only the first of its kind but it also underlines
Chelsea's commitment to supporting grass roots football.
Both parties view the partnership
as the way forward in football with player development of homegrown
British talent a priority. Now Chelsea's academy players will have
the opportunity to gain invaluable experience from playing top-flight
football in the Welsh league.
Likewise for Total Network Solutions their players will also be
able to gain experience of how a top Premiership club operates.
The partnership was kicked-off by Chelsea travelling to North Wales
to face Total Network Solutions FC at the Recreation Ground on Friday
This was Chelsea's final pre-season match in preparation for their
2002/2003 Premiership challenge and marked the official twinning
of Chelsea FC and Total Network Solutions.