History


Paro Football Club (Paro FC), was founded by a group of family and friends all with a deep affection for the sport of football . The creation of Paro F.C is our humble contribution to football fans in general and Bhutanese football in particular. We hope to set an example as a well managed sustainable club  that will inspire Bhutanese football clubs and fans alike, and also in the long run benefit the entire footballing culture of the nation.

It all began in late 2017, two of the founders were discussing their participation in the forthcoming local football match, the conversation led to the current plight of local football clubs and their struggle for long term sustainability and survival. This incident inspired the founders to create Paro FC. In September, the journey of Paro FC began with numerous consultation with experienced footballers, Managers, BFF & BOC officials, Club Owners, Sponsors, Fans, etc. The club licensing was finally materialized after 5 months, and that was the beginning.

Mr. Karma Jigme, the club President subsequently invited Mr Eric Drury and his good friend Mr. Vincent Gaillard, and some experienced Bhutanese footballers to take up the important role in the Board. Eric’s  vast experience in overseeing projects throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S in the marketing and digital project has added much required expertise in marketing. In addition to his expertise in television and digital production, Eric also has experience as a Producer/Director of documentary films. Vincent’s experience in Sport management professional at NBA, The Coca-Cola Company, SportAccord, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has added management qualities for the newly formed club.

Through this initiatives we hope to create a community of football enthusiast, provide platform for youth to showcase their footballing talent, a place for people to come together, embrace eco practice & sustainability in sports.

 

The co founders are comprised of the following individuals;

Mr. Karma Jigme : Owner of the popular Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro, 8 Heaven chain of stores and Tragopan Tours & Travels.

Mr. Pema Dorji : Owner of Namgay Heritage Hotel, Thimphu and Hotel Namgay Phuntsholing.

Mr. Tenzin Jamtsho : a lawyer and owner of Yeshey Central Mall one of the most successful store in Paro.

Mr. Chencho Norbu : Owner of Penchu sales, a garments shop with stores in Thimphu and Paro.

Mr. Tsheltrum Dorji : A Bhutanese chef working in a luxury resort in Hamilton Island Australia.

Mr. Dorji Gyeltshen: Owner of Namgay Artisanal Brewery based in Paro.

Mr. Jigme Namgyal: Owner of 1 step Chain of stores in Thimphu and Paro.

Mr. Pasang Dorji: Owner of Namgay Import and Export Based in Thimphu and Phuntsholing.

We’re here to stay and bring change in Bhutanese football – by putting professionalism and sustainability into the heart of the Sport. That’s our reason for being.