Tranmere Rovers, an English third-tier soccer club that is partly owned by an Indonesian business group, has launched a campaign with Wirral Council to help those in need.
“The club has always enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Wirral Council and I am pleased we can come together more formally to help those in need,” said the club’s chairman Mark Palios on its website, tranmererovers.co.uk.
The Rovers, founded in 1884 under the name of Belmont Football Club, is based in Birkinhead, Merseyside, England. Meanwhile, Wirral Council is the local authority of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral in Merseyside. The metropolitan district council is one of five in Merseyside.
Sealing the agreement in September, the Rovers and Wirral Council are to offer a range of activities focusing on training and employment opportunities for locals, while also developing the rapidly growing soccer tourism, which has the potential to bring extra money into the local economy.
In addition, there will be a strong focus on social inclusion and health initiatives, for example, helping those with issues related to drug and alcohol.
Indonesian investor Santini group reportedly injected capital into the club in September. The group was founded by businessman Sofyan Wanandi and is run by Lukito Wanandi, Wandi Wanandi and Paulus Wanandi.
In response to the partnership in social activities, Luki said the club was committed to carrying them out for the Wirral community.
“Tranmere Rovers have initiated a list of [social activity] programs, such as those carried out in the stadium for senior citizens and disabled people, as well as providing education for children that had dropped out of school and were troubled by drugs,” Luki told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
He went on to say as an investor, Santini Group was interested in such social programs, adding that “the program can also be implemented in Indonesia.”
Santini group is a business umbrella with a collection of companies active in the automotive industry, real estate development, financial services and infrastructure.