Paragon Law Diversifies into Sport


Thalej Vasishta, Managing Director of UK Immigration Law Firm Paragon Law has announced today that he has set up a joint venture company called Complete Sports Solutions (Asia) Limited.  The other shareholders and directors of the company include former England and Chelsea player Tony Dorigo and Jamie Digwood (left in picture above) who has worked for the English FA Medical Science team, Chelsea FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers, primarily developing the football academies at these clubs.

Complete Sports Solutions (Asia) Limited will specialise in bringing school tours from initially China to the UK and during their trip to the UK the boys will have the opportunity to train at top Premiership football club academies such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton etc.  The tour will also be completed with watching live Premiership games, stadium tours, meeting players and sightseeing.

In addition the company will also specialise in elite business tours from China with complete packages being arranged for groups of business people to come to the UK to watch premiership games, stadium tours, meeting players and sightseeing throughout the UK. 

Ling Xu who is Paragon Law’s Country Director based in Shanghai and who will lead the project from China said “this will be a very exciting proposition for the China market with the interest in football growing in China year upon year.  This interest is only set to grow as football clubs in China begin to sign up players such as Didier Drogba.  We have already had tremendous interest from independent schools and the business community in Shanghai”.  

Jamie Digwood who will be the CEO of the new company said “my existing company, Complete Sports Solutions (UK) Limited has been bringing school tours from Australia and the USA for a number of years and it is a natural progression for us to expand into the China market.  Not only will we be bringing schoolboy and elite business tours from China to the UK but we will also be setting up similar tours from the UK, USA and Australia into China.  Almost simultaneously we will be expanding into India”.

Tony Dorigo, who was instrumental in bringing Thalej Vasishta and Jamie Digwood together will have an Ambassadorial role in the new company.  He said “the collective talents and synergy between all of us makes this a great business to be involved in.  The number of people in China who watch Premiership games runs into the millions and there is a real appetite in China to develop football at grass roots level.  School tours therefore from China where Chinese boys will be coached by the best football academies, being taught about diet, exercise and playing against up and coming talent in the UK will help China’s aspirations towards developing the sport”.

Thalej Vasishta said “Complete Sport Solutions (Asia) Limited is a natural diversification for not only myself but my existing company Paragon Law as we not only have a wealth of experience of dealing with high volume “group” visas but we also have very strong relationships in the sports sector and independent schools in China.  Moreover, during recent trips to China we have met local Government officials from at least two cities in China who do not have local football clubs and are very keen to develop action plans for football in their cities.  Tony’s and Jamie’s deep knowledge of football from grass roots level right up to the very best in the Premiership game will no doubt help with these types of projects also”.

The first tours from China will commence in February/March 2013.

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