Chattanooga FC announced today that they have formed a Trans-Atlantic partnership with Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg. The letter of intent was signed over the weekend during meetings in Sarasota at the Florida Cup.
Discussions around the partnership began through a mutual connection with Volkswagen. The German car manufacturer is based in Wolfsburg and has a major plant in Chattanooga. They have also sponsored Chattanooga FC in recent years.
Chattanooga FC board chairman Tim Kelly said:
"Having a partner like VfL Wolfsburg strengthens the Chattanooga FC brand. They are a great partner and share many of the same important values that we do. We are looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship."
Some areas that the clubs look to work together on are youth development, women’s soccer, and local social responsibility. No dates have been set yet, but there is also consideration of the two clubs meeting on the field.
Chattanooga FC general manager Sean McDaniel said:
"Since being founded in 2009, Volkswagen have always given us great support and we are very grateful that, thanks to our strong partnership, we now have the opportunity to cooperate closely with a big club like VfL Wolfsburg, who boast the same values that we do and we can mutually support one another."