Pachuca – The Four Pillars
Off the pitch, Pachuca have earned much praise for their commitment to education, which includes a secondary school and a university of football which offers six different degree courses, including sports administration, journalism, sports medicine and marketing, as well as a master’s degree
in sports science. The university is also home to the national school of technical directors. The institution’s highest-profile events are the international congresses it organises under the title Pachuca, Cuna del Futbol Mexicano [Pachuca, the cradle of Mexican football], in which specialists in different aspects of the sport take part. The most distinguished speakers at the congresses include I’ele, Johan Cruyff, Cesar Menotti, Arrigo Sacchi, Jorge Valdano, Bora Milutinovic and Enzo Francescoli.
The least visible pillar is the club’s social commitment. Fifty thousand children are enrolled at its football schools, of which there are 52 in Hidalgo, 234 in the whole of Mexico, i2 in the USA, two in Costa Rica and one in Puerto Rico. Pachuca also organise a children’s and youth league in which 2f2 teams take part (with more than 3,000 children playing on grass pitches), “ft doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. We are working on a project which aims to have i00,000 children enrolled in football schools in two years’ time. All the children in Mexico who want to play and don’t get the chance will be able to there: in the mornings they will receive the very highest level of education and in the afternoons they will attend training sessions just like our junior teams so that they can become professional players one day without neglecting their studies,” Fassi explains. The new training centres are due to be opened soon.
As for the business pillar of the club’s operations, Pachuca are the brains behind the development of Tuzoplaza, a large shopping centre with restaurants, shops and a Crowne Plaza hotel, as well as the TuzoForum convention centre, a television programme called Tuzoccer and a sports medicine clinic, not to mention the state-of-the-art Miguel Hidalgo stadium, which was reopened in 2004 with seating for 30,000 fans, and an interactive museum project. “We want visitors to Pachuca to come to the city of football,” says Fassi enthusiastically.