Wolves partner with J1 League team Shonan Bellmare

Wolves have entered into an innovative new partnership with Japanese J-League team Shonan Bellmare, strengthening both clubs’ exposure overseas and player and coach development.

The J-League side have started the new campaign with four points from the opening nine available, having completed their sixth successive campaign in the top flight last December, following promotion in 2017.

Wolves and Shonan Bellmare’s link will focus primarily on academy football, with players and coaches from both camps sharing experiences of top level football in different continents and exchanging best practices with each other.

Information on talent pools in both countries will be shared, while the two clubs will co-work on the development of elite Asian players, with the potential of bringing them to Europe.

Each camp will also support sale activities in youth football camps and schools in both Japan and the UK, improving the development of both coaches and players.

Mutual support will be provided in advertising sponsors and partner acquisitions, while knowledge and experience in business will be shared, as will opportunities of co-development of sports merchandising businesses.

Bellmare will benefit from scouting information from European football, while Wolves and Fosun will receive information on academy footballers in Japan in return.