- Dortmund forge new overseas links.
- Club coaches to work with Thai youngsters.
- BVB legend Ricken backs new project.
Football followers in Southeast Asia can look forward to seeing a lot more of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, thanks to the Ruhr district club's freshly minted partnership with the Suphanburi Football Academy in Thailand.
To celebrate the initiative's hotly anticipated launch, BVB's Evonik Football Academy staged two fun-filled training sessions on Friday, offering locals a glimpse of what they can expect from the collaborative in the coming months and years.
"The interest in Borussia Dortmund is very big here," former Dortmund playmaker Lars Ricken said. "We want to do more than give our name [to something]. We want to be on the spot and show [our faces] locally.
"We want to create a strong and long-lasting relationship with Suphanburi and we want to improve the skills of the kids at the academy in Thailand. I'm sure that it will be a win-win situation for both parties."
Coaches from Dortmund will head over to Suphanburi four times a year to work with and help to develop the youngsters, who will have the chance to come to Germany to play against a Dortmund youth team.
"The dream would come true if one of the players from Suphanburi would one day play in our stadium in Dortmund," added Ricken, who has been Youth Coordinator at BVB since 2008. "Our aim is to make each player as good as possible."
Dortmund have already made a roaring success of similar programmes in Japan and Malaysia.