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Dhruvmil Visits Premier League HQ

21 April 2015


The successful candidate from last summer's 'Play For Palace' initiative with Mumbai City FC, Dhruvmil Pandya, visited the Premier League offices in London on Monday to meet with the League’s Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore.

 

Richard gave him a tour of the headquarters and looking back on the initiative was delighted with the opportunity given by the club to the youngster. 


“It was a very original idea, but most importantly it captured the imagination of all in Mumbai that attended the BPL event and was just fantastic to see the whole process that eventually led to Dhruvmil being the one chosen to come over to England," Scudamore said.


“Having seen the competition he was up against out there he has done brilliantly to get selected to come over and be part of the club. 


"The feedback I have had over the past week has reported that he has not only acquitted himself well as a footballer but is also a very intelligent young man. If football is his career then great but if it is not then he will have no problem getting into whatever line of profession he chooses to take.”


There is no doubting the global audience that is now attracted to the Premier League but Richard spoke of how impressed he has been at the work carried out by the club’s Foundation in their own community.    


“There is no point being global unless you are firmly rooted locally and that is just what Crystal Palace is about," he added. "As a club Crystal Palace can expand and attract supporters from overseas but also realise the importance of keeping our roots very local.


The IPL success could one day mean a player from India taking his place in the Premier League but whatever the nationality, Richard is keen to stress that it is always going to be a tough league to be part of.


“It would take a lot for an Indian player to be involved in the Premier League as it does an English player to make it to the top in our league, but the way football has taken off out there I am sure that over the next five to seven years players will come through who be good enough to take their place in the Premier League.”


Palace’s support has become a massive talking point wherever supporters watch the boys in red and blue across the world and it is something that Richard is always impressed with when he takes his seat inside SE25.


“The atmosphere at Selhurst Park is just incredible and the supporters all around the stadium are so passionate about the game. I have been going to matches at the stadium for many years but I would say in the last ten years the noise levels have gone up even more and it is sure a great place to watch your football.


"Since Palace’s return to the Barclays Premier League the watching audiences around the world have been very aware of the importance the home support plays in south London.”


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