RC Lens announced a new partnership with Sardarapat FC of Armenia. The Sang et Or will assist the third division club in developing its youth academy and establishing a men’s and women’s professional team.
This morning, the Ligue 1 team, who are currently in second rank in the league, held a press conference where Sevan Karian, the founder of Sardarapat, and academy director Eric Assadourian, a former Armenian international, introduced the project. Notably, the former clarified how young Armenians share the same “mentality” and “philosophy” that Lens is looking for.
Owner of Lens and fellow Frenchman of Armenian ancestry Joseph Oughourlian had been in contact with Sardarapat, based in the western city of Armavir.
RC Lens and the Armenian Club have joined forces
Lens will ostensibly be hoping to bear the fruits of the partnership by being first to any emerging local talents. Assadourian mentioned how the Caucasus is becoming a talent hotspot. As an evidenced we can see Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of Georgia and Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Armenia.
RC Lens: Origin
The club was founded in 1906 in Lens by local students who enjoyed playing football on the city’s Place Verte. The name “Racing Club de Lens” refers specially to the popular clubs at the time. Those popular clubs were; Racing Club de Roubaix and Racing Club de France.
The parents of those students formed the first board of directors for the club. The club originally played in green and black to represent the founding location. Green is to represent the name of the home pitch, “Verte” (meaning “green” in French). And black to represent the omnipresence of the coal mining industry in the surrounding area.
On the official facebook site of the Armenian club Sardarapat FC recently made announcement about the partnership.
We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Lens FC.
A one-of-a-kind football education experience thanks to the introduction of the French club’s high-quality training methodology.
Armenian football players and coaches will receive continuous training and development in France as part of the cooperation agreement.”