Trundle can't wait to spread the Swans gospel in India
11th December 2014
For someone whose job it is to interact with fans, the Barclays Premier League Live event in India is a hugely exciting prospect for Lee Trundle.
Trundle is part of the Swansea City delegation currently in Mumbai preparing for the two-day event which marks the first time Indian football fans can engage with the Barclays Premier League in person.
The Swans club ambassador will get to know fans at the event while also hosting coaching sessions and highlighting why he's earned the nickname 'Magic Daps' by strutting his silky skills along with freestyler Ash Randall, who is also part of the travelling group from the club.
The free event, which is expected to attract 24,000 fans over two days, takes place at the MMRDA Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) on Saturday and Sunday (Dec 13-14), and Trundle is relishing the opportunity of spreading the Swansea City word to the Indian public.
"Going out to India with the Barclays Premier League to promote Swansea City is a very exciting prospect," said Trundle.
"A lot of these people will have seen us on TV and watched games but never had the chance to interact with the club or anyone involved.
"Everyone loves the Premier League. For me, it's where the best players are.
"As a football fan you start off needing something to get you interested in the club.
"Part of my role locally is to get around the schools and get the kids interested in Swansea City.
"This will be the same in India. A lot of the fans may watch the Premier League but not have Swansea City at the top of their list in the clubs they want to support.
"But I'll be a link out there. I'll be with the fans encouraging them to come to our stand to get interested in Swansea City. Hopefully they will then look out for our results, and that's where it all starts."
Along with his ambassadorial role, Trundle will also be in action on the football pitch in Mumbai during the trip as he plays in a five-a-side match between a Bollywood Stars side and a Barclays Premier League legends team which includes the likes of Robbie Fowler and Emile Heskey.
"I'm really looking forward to playing the game on Friday," said Trundle. "I've been in contact with Robbie Fowler, so it will be great to meet up with him and play alongside him in the game.
"But my main role is to be out and about with the fans and doing some tricks on the stage with our freestyler Ash.
"You'll see a few tricks from me, but obviously not as good as the freestyler because that's his job. I'll be more football-related, but it's about having fun and we'll have a good laugh on stage."
Trundle is a club icon at Swansea City. Having scored 91 goals for the club in 194 appearances spanning two separate spells, the striker known for his showboating excellence and cheeky smile featured in three divisions for the Swans.
Having joined the club in the fourth tier of English football, Trundle feels their participation in the Barclays Premier League Live event underlines their remarkable rise over the last decade.
"If you look at when I first joined the club in 2003 we were in League Two, and these types of events were a million miles away," said Trundle.
"There were no real facilities when I first joined. We had the Vetch Field, which was a great ground to play at with a brilliant atmosphere.
"For training we were inbetween different pitches where we had to find a field to train on.
"The previous season before I joined we had just stayed in the Football League on the last day of the season, so to think ten years on we would beat Valencia at their own ground 3-0 in the Europa League and that we would be in the Barclays Premier League is a dream come true.
"It is like a Hollywood movie where you think someone has written a script. But I've been lucky to be a part of it and I can't wait to spread the Swansea City word at the Live event in Mumbai."
You can follow the Swans' involvement in the Barclays Premier League Live event via this website, Twitter and Facebook.
What can fans experience at Barclays Premier League live
The Live Match Zone - the main arena where fans will watch the live Barclays Premier League matches on a giant screen.
The Trophy Zone - fans will be able to get up close to the Barclays Premier League Trophy.
The Club Zone - supporters will be able to learn more about the 20 Barclays Premier League clubs, and through green screen technology, will be able to picture themselves lifting the Barclays Premier League Trophy decorated with the ribbons of their favourite club.
The Screening Zone - supporters will experience the noise and excitement of a matchday before learning all about the winning teams and captains of the Premier League in this exclusive film.
The Pitch Zone - there will be a mini-football pitch where Barclays Premier League clubs will be conducting skills sessions with local football teams, and there will also be the chance for young fans to have a game of football run by Premier League community coaches.
The Skills Zone - there are three football skills pods for supporters to test their accuracy, close control and shooting power.