As well as sponsoring the first team and having its logo on their shirts, Vinci will helping ensure that youngsters in the club’s training academy are equipped to find jobs if their sporting careers don’t work out.
The partnership will include sponsorship of the club’s first team, currently joint leader of the National Division – the French 3rd division - with only six matches to go before the end of the season.
The second part of the partnership is an educational and employment-related programme, which aims to supplement the training of young players in the Paris FC Academy and its soccer training school. One of the main purposes of this cooperation, with which Vinci employees will be closely involved on a voluntary basis, will be to facilitate the professional integration and retraining of the club’s young players.
To this end, Paris FC and Vinci will design and introduce specific employment-related modules and workshops including company internships, assistance in drafting job applications and training for job interviews.
Pierre Coppey, Chief Operating Officer of Vinci said: “This is a challenge that we shall meet together and the beginning of an uplifting human and sporting adventure. Vinci and Paris FC not only share the same entrepreneurial spirit but also the same culture of training and learning by doing. The sporting challenge will go hand in hand with the quest for social integration through sport in general and football in particular.”
Pierre Ferracci, president of Paris FC, said: “All the young people who join a football club must be able to enjoy a personally fulfilling experience. However, only a select few of the many aspiring football players will make it into a professional team. One of the responsibilities of a training club is therefore to help all its players to maintain close links with the world outside football. This is where Vinci will undoubtedly make a valuable contribution to the club’s sporting and educational ethos.”