Rangers strike 'exciting' partnership with Switzerland-based institution
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Rangers strike 'exciting' partnership with Switzerland-based institution

Rangers have announced an ‘exciting’ new partnership with the Football Business Academy.

The plan is to help develop ‘future leaders’ of the football industry and the Gers are the first Scottish club to work with the institution.

The FBA is based in Switzerland and it offers a number of courses for those hoping to break into the industry, aiming to arm them with knowledge, experience and networking opportunities.

‘The football industry has developed tremendously over the past years and continues its spectacular rise as witnessed by increases in TV rights deals, transfer numbers, and participation levels, to name just a few, around the world,’ reads the ‘About’ section on their website.

‘Unfortunately, due to a lack of professionalism, transparency and ethics a lot of scandals keep taking place and more fans and stakeholders than ever are demanding change. And that is where The Football Business Academy comes into play. Our mission is to meet this need for professionally trained leaders.’

The new partnership was announced by Rangers on Thursday evening and going forward, the Gers will offer work experience opportunities to students.

“I am delighted that Rangers are joining the prestigious FBA family,” said Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson [Rangers.co.uk].

“This partnership will provide fantastic opportunities both for ourselves and for the FBA candidates who can look forward to some outstanding opportunities working with the club in the months and years to come.”

Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson said he was ‘delighted’ about the exciting new partnership with the FBA. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Other clubs listed as working with the FBA on their website include Lyon and Benfica, while students have opportunities to visit the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund on field trips.

Rangers have certainly struck plenty of commercial deals in recent times but this agreement is something a little bit different.

It’s good to see the Gers leading the way in Scotland by getting involved with an institution that has already attracted support from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Meanwhile, Rangers have apologised to affected fans before expressing their delight after a Europa League issue was finally resolved.