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Volume 10 No. 25
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Franchise Notes: Premiership Club Worcester Warriors Confirms It Is Seeking New Investment

Premiership Rugby club Worcester Warriors confirmed it is "seeking new investment" following reports of a "potential takeover" at Sixways Holdings, which has owned the club since '13. The club has reportedly received an offer. But Warriors' "only response" to various media rumors has been to issue a statement to season ticket holders from Managing Dir Gus Mackay. He said, "Any proposed funding structure has to be in our best interests" (BBC, 9/20).

Bundesliga side Hoffenheim signed a 10-year partnership with China League One club Meizhou Hakka. The two parties will set up a professional football school in Wuhua County, in the eastern Chinese province of Guangdong. The "local government will be responsible for the construction project" that is scheduled to be completed in '19, while Hoffenheim will "oversee a tailored plan" for the center's youth training, foreign coaching and scouting (SOCCEREX, 9/20).