Blackburn Rovers, who were bought by Venky's last November, will be the first English Premier League team to play in India. The Blackburn players are visiting on July 23 to participate in the finals of a four-city mini tournament for under-16 boys to be held in Pune. The tournament will be held in the four cities - Goa, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.
Blackburn Rovers will play alongside the Indian boys dividing themselves among the final eight teams from the four cities. Announcing the tournament details, B. Balaji Rao, Whole Time Director, Venkateshwara Hatcheries Group (Venky's), said: "The Company is committed to elevating footballing standards in India. This event is an attempt to develop football at the grassroot levels and create opportunities for young Indian footballers."
"We firmly believe that given the right training and opportunity, it is a matter of time before the next Rover's star will come from India. Exposing youngsters to the first team of Blackburn Rovers Football Club is merely a first step in this direction. The company has larger plans which it will disclose very shortly,"