ISL GRASSROOT FOOTBALL - 2015 (CHENNAIYIN FC)
Two kids from Chennaiyin FC grassroots program awarded Reliance Foundation Young Champs scholarship
CFC PRESS RELEASE : Two kids from Chennaiyin FC grassroots program – G Balaji and H Gulab – have been awarded the Reliance Foundation Young Champs scholarship.
Both Balaji and Gulab were part of the final 17 from Chennaiyin FC that made it to the final 200 of the Reliance Foundation Young Champs selection camp in Mumbai.
Following a week-long final trials in Mumbai, which was overseen by Piet Hubers, Technical Director of the ISL Grassroots Programme and Marcus Vaessen, Head Coach, RFYC Programme, eventually the duo from Chennai made it to the final 24 of the Reliance Foundation Young Champs scholarships and were awarded in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Starting next month, Balaji and Gulab along with the 22 other awardees will be groomed through exposure to global best practices and training modules to take on the mantle of next generation professional Indian footballers.
Gulab, who hails from Chetpet, is a central midfielder and was selected in the under-13 category. He was first spotted by Chennaiyin FC coaches in the grassroots festival at his school, MCC Higher Secondary School.
Balaji, who comes from Minjur, is a left winger and was selected in the under-12 category. His first step towards the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Scholarships was taken at a grassroots festival in his school, ANM High School.
'Both are very talented boys and interestingly both are huge admirers of Cristiano Ronaldo. We at Chennaiyin FC worked very hard on them and they responded with great effort. We are very proud to see them get into the final 24.
'Gulab is a natural athlete with great stamina and is capable of passing with both feet from the middle of the park. Balaji is a natural left-footed player and is very good with crossing. Both have immense potential and will get great exposure at the Reliance Foundation Young Champs. We wish them the very best,' said Chennaiyin FC's technical director of grassroots Vivek Nagul.
17 kids from Chennaiyin FC grassroots program chosen for Reliance Foundation Young Champs selection camp
CFC PRESS RELEASE 07.05.2015 : 17 kids from Chennaiyin FC grassroots program have been chosen for the Reliance Foundation Young Champs selection camp.
Two hundred of the most talented children aged between 11 and 14 from different regions of India were selected from the grassroots selection festivals organised by the eight Hero Indian Super League franchises.
The selected children will participate in a week-long camp in Mumbai later this month. The best talent spotted during the selection camp will be awarded the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Scholarship.
Under the guidance of Chennaiyin FC technical director of grassroots Vivek Nagul and his staff, CFC conducted over 50 grassroots festivals, reaching out to more than 50 schools and around 15,000 kids.
The festivals were not only conducted in Chennai but also in other parts of Tamil Nadu like Ooty and Coimbatore. Besides schools, Chennaiyin FC also reached out to kids of NGOs like ‘Magic Bus’ and ‘Slum Soccer’.
However, only the kids born in the years 2002, 2003, and 2004 were eligible for selection for the Reliance Foundation Young Champs.
The final selection was conducted by Nagul along with several other coaches and volunteers, under the supervision of the ISL technical director of grassroots Piet Hubers at the training pitch of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on April 11.
Down below is the list of 17 kids along with their date of birth, school name and region.
Chennaiyin FC conducts final selection for Reliance Foundation Young Champs
CFC PRESS RELEASE 11.04.2015 : Chennaiyin FC conducted a grassroots festival for the final selection of kids from Tamil Nadu for the Reliance Foundation Young Champs.
The festival was conducted by Chennaiyin FC technical director of grassroots Vivek Nagul along with several other coaches and volunteers, under the supervision of the ISL technical director of grassroots Piet Hubers at the training pitch of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here in the city on Saturday morning.
Hubers will be selecting the best kids from the grassroots program of each of the eight Hero Indian Super League franchises. As a part of that selection procedure, Chennaiyin FC has been conducting grassroots festivals since February and Saturday was the final leg of the selection for the Reliance Foundation Young Champs.
Chennaiyin FC have so far conducted over 50 grassroots festivals, reaching out to more than 50 schools and around 15,000 kids. The festivals have not only been conducted in Chennai but also in other parts of Tamil Nadu like Ooty and Coimbatore. Besides schools, Chennaiyin FC have also reached out to kids of NGOs like ‘Magic Bus’ and ‘Slum Soccer’.
However, only the kids born in the years 2002, 2003, and 2004 were eligible for selection for the Reliance Foundation Young Champs.
200 of the best kids from those age groups attended the festival on Saturday and once Hubers completes attending the final selections of all eight Hero Indian Super League franchises, the Dutchman will name the final list from Tamil Nadu.
“Chennaiyin FC have been working very hard on grassroots and today’s festival was very well organised. Everybody starting from the staff of the franchise, to the kids and parents showed great passion and enthusiasm. There is definitely some good talent in Tamil Nadu and I will be selecting the best of them once I am done assessing all the eight franchises,” said Hubers.
Saturday’s festival had participants from not only Chennai but also Ooty and Coimbatore with Chennaiyin FC arranging transport and accommodation for those kids.
Chennaiyin FC CEO Ashish Shah said, “We are delighted to have reached out to so many kids in Tamil Nadu in our grassroots program. I thank all my staff for the great work they have been putting in for the last two months and would also like to thank the kids, parents, schools, NGOs for participating with great passion. I hope many kids from Tamil Nadu get selected for the Reliance Foundation Young Champs.
“This is just the start of our long-term youth development plan. We will soon announce about our year-long grassroots program and will be opening Centres of Excellence which will act as a platform for both budding footballers and aspiring coaches in Tamil Nadu.”
Chennaiyin FC conducts Grassroots Festival at St Michael’s Academy
CFC PRESS RELEASE 14.02.2015 : The Hero Indian Super League has initiated a Grassroots Program for the development of football and footballers in India with all eight franchises involved. As a part of that initiative, Chennaiyin FC conducted a grassroots festival at the St Michael’s Academy, Adyar, here on Saturday.
The festival was attended by students of St Michael’s Academy, Adyar, Bala Vidya Mandir, St Patrick’s and Vidya Mandir, Mylapore.
There were 400 participants with the boys learning the basics of the beautiful game and also getting a chance to show their skills.
The festival was supervised by Chennaiyin FC’s technical director of grassroots, Vivek Nagul, along with Chennaiyin FC CEO Ashish Shah and Chennaiyin FC Head of Operations, Varun Tripuraneni. They were assisted by coaches and volunteers.
Former India cricketer and local lad Robin Singh was a special guest at the festival and had words of encouragement for the boys.
Some members of a Chennaiyin FC fan club also attended the festival to show their support.
Earlier on Thursday, Chennaiyin FC had conducted another grassroots festival at the Gateway International School in Padur with 350 participants.
ISL GRASSROOT FOOTBALL - 2015 (FC GOA)
FC Goa today organised their 3rd Grassroots festival with the finals of the FC Goa inter centre football tournament at Pilar. The tournament began on the 4th of May with 16 schools participating. The finals also coincided with the celebration of ‘AFC Grassroots Day’.
The finals were played between Fr. Agnel HS, Pilar Centre and St Rita's HS, Maina Centre.In a keenly fought match Fr. Agnel HS, Pilar Centre got the better of and St Rita’s HS, Maina Centre with a score of 2-1. The half time score was 1-0 in favour of Fr. Agnel HS, Pilar Centre.
FC Goa Stars from ISL-1 , Mandar Rao Dessai and Gabriel Fernandes were the chief guests. Also present was Arjuna Awardee Mr Bruno Coutinho. FC Goa youth development coach Gavin Araujo organised the tournament.
ISL GRASSROOT FOOTBALL - 2015 (ATLETICO DE KOLKATA)
ISL GRASSROOT FOOTBALL - 2015 (PUNE CITY FC)
FC Pune City appointed Spanish UEFA Pro Licensed coach, Mr. Jose Hevia as the director for grassroots development. The club, under the guidance of Hevia has launched a 3-phase grassroots development campaign that entailed a train-the-trainer program followed by in-school workshops, which finally leads into talent scouting festivals. The 3-month campaign has already garnered major support with many schools, coaching academies and NGOs participating in the campaign.
On 14th January 2015 FC Pune City conducted its first train-the-trainer program at St. Vincent’s High school that was attended by 28 coaches, physical education teachers and parents. Jose Hevia started the program by sharing details of the club’s grassroots development plans while expressing the importance of such train-the-trainer programs for the development of football locally. He further carried out a theory session that was followed by a practical session where Hevia demonstrated key factors of being a football trainer. Post lunch all the attendees were put into a live coaching environment where they were asked to train children as per the tasks given by Hevia. The train-the-trainer program ended with the principal of St. Vincent’s High School, Father Andrew sharing his thoughts on the grassroots plans. He then along with Piet Hubers (Head – ISL grassroots development) felicitated all the attendees with certificates. FC Pune City's grassroots workshop
Following up to the train-the-trainer program, FC Pune City carried out workshops in 25 schools across the city where children between 9 to 13 years were given basic football coaching with the primary aim of introducing the sport to many who haven’t had opportunity to touch, feel, experience football. The workshops were planned and executed by Hevia along with his support staff, however the school PE teachers were also made to conduct the workshop under the presence of Hevia. These PE teachers further conduct similar training to their respective students in their own schools. From that perspective FC Pune City’s grassroots Programme has already touched more than 25,000 kids. The club also made it a point to meet with the various school principals to inform and discuss FC Pune City’s various grassroots development plans. The workshops are an on going process where the club will cover over 50 schools by the end of March.
FC Pune City had earlier announced that St. Vincent’s high school would be the development center for the club, hence the school played host to the 3 football festivals conducted till date. The festivals had an overwhelming response with over 1000 talented footballers in attendance that were between the age groups of 8 to 13 years. Jose Hevia along with the club’s assistant coach Steven Charles carried out the talent scouting festivals with the assistance of 12 city-based coaches. The ground was divided into 6 smaller pitches that had 16 children under the supervision of 2 coaches carrying out different aspects of the scouting program such as warm ups, drills and a game. Hevia and Charles along with their team evaluated the children on various aspects of the sport such as game sense, ball control, passing, dribbling, agility and attitude. Children were given refreshments and as part of an engagement activity they were also asked to leave messages for their favorite FC Pune City players on a graffiti wall.
Speaking on the occasion, Gaurav Modwel- CEO of FC Pune City stated, "The grassroots program has been conceptualized keeping in mind the need of the hour- efficient coaching for children at a stage where their skills need to be developed and honed. Furthermore, the unique train-the-trainer is an initiative that lends skill and training to coaches and helps them further enhance their techniques for better learning. We hope to reach out to as many young football enthusiasts with this program as possible."
FC Pune City will be conducting another 3 festivals until the end of March to cover over 2000 kids who are being scouted to join the club’s football academy. Even though the current grassroots campaign focuses on children below 14 years, FC Pune City will be running similar festivals and workshops to scout talent for the club’s U-17 and U-19 squads.
ISL GRASSROOT FOOTBALL - 2015 (MUMBAI CITY FC)
The The Asian Football Confederation Grassroots Day weekend saw over 450 kids across 6 festivals. These festivals were conducted at YMCA Madanpura, NMSA Vashi, Green Finger International School Kharghar, Orchid International School Malad, Godrej Creek Side Ground Vikhroli and Supari Talav Bandra.
ISL GRASSROOT FOOTBALL - 2015 (DELHI DYNAMOS)
ISL GRASSROOT FOOTBALL - 2015 (KERALA BLASTERS)
ISL GRASSROOT FOOTBALL - 2015 (NORTH EAST UNITED)
With the Hero Indian Super League’s grassroots initiative picking up pace, NorthEast United FC conducted a grassroots festival on February 14-15. The festival was held at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati with 460 children in participation over the weekend. ISL Grassroots Technical Director, Piet Hubers, oversaw the proceedings held at the stadium’s practice ground. The festival began at 9am on both days, running until 4pm.
The training sessions were conducted on three small pitches, marked on the practice pitch. An individual training coach was assigned for each pitch, with each coach training 16 children. The head scouting coach identified children during the session, with Hubers sharing his feedback at regular intervals with the children, coaches, and club representatives. NorthEast United FC's grassroots program
The ISL’s grassroots initiative will extend its reach to about a million young footballers all over the country in the first few years. Creating an infrastructure through which budding Indian footballers can pursue a career in the beautiful game has been intrinsic to the ISL’s objective of unearthing and training the stars of the future. The off-season will provide the perfect opportunity for the league and the clubs to focus heavily on promoting football across the country.
With an emphasis on developing players’ skills and techniques from a young age, the league’s outreach programmes will also provide a base for talent-scouting for the ISL clubs. The eight franchises will hope to strengthen their clubs with an influx of the best local talent in the coming years.
ISL GRASSROOT FOOTBALL - 2015 (ISL - COMMITTEE)
INDIA'S GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL GETS A BOOST WITH 'RELIANCE FOUNDATION YOUNG CHAMPS'
27.05.2015: RIL PRESS RELEASE : Grassroots Indian football received a big boost today, as 24 talented young footballers between 11 and 14 years of age were awarded the ‘Reliance Foundation Young Champs' (RFYC) scholarships for structured training to hone their footballing skills, along with quality education at Reliance Foundation School at Koparkhairane, Mumbai.
Nita Ambani, Amitabh Bachchan and Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, bestow RFYC residential scholarships on 24 talented young footballers. The Reliance Foundation Young Champs will be exposed to world-class coaches and coaching modules while receiving high quality education at Reliance Foundation School
Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson, Reliance Foundation and Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), Indian cinema icon Amitabh Bachchan and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis handed over the scholarships to the children, at a function held today at the Jio Garden at Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai.
"I am delighted that Reliance Foundation's vision to develop talent at the grassroots has taken its first big leap today. Thanks to the commitment and involvement of all eight ISL franchises, today I am confident that this grassroots football movement will form the backbone of Indian football in the years to come," said Nita Ambani. "At Reliance Foundation and FSDL, we believe that sports and education go hand in hand. We will ensure that these children graduate with their talents and skills honed to realise their potential to the fullest," she elaborated.
Indian Super League (ISL) also gave away a cash award of Rs 1.25 crore to Mumbai City FC for the 'Best Grassroots Programme'. Ranbir Kapoor, noted actor and team owner of Mumbai City FC, received the award. Sameer Manchanda, team owner, received the runners-up award of Rs 75 lakh for Delhi Dynamos FC.
Encouraging and nurturing talent at the grassroots level is one of the core principles of FSDL, the promoters of ISL which has broken many spectator and viewership records in its inaugural edition in 2014. The RFYC programme is a definitive step towards realising FSDL's dream of making India a footballing nation.
The 24 Young Champs were the chosen few from thousands of children who participated in football camps and selection trials organized across the country by the eight ISL franchisees. Nearly 200 talented young footballers were shortlisted from these camps and invited to Mumbai for week-long final trials overseen by Piet Hubers, Technical Director of ISL Grassroots Programme and Marcus Vaessen, Head Coach, RFYC programme.
Starting next month, the awardees will be groomed through exposure to global best practices and training modules to take on the mantle of next generation professional Indian footballers.
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20.05.2015: ISL PRESS RELEASE : The week long final selection camp for Reliance Foundation’s inaugural Young Champs football grassroots program commenced here today at the Father Agnel multi sports complex facility in Vashi, New Mumbai.
A total of 200 promising talents under the age group of 11 to 14 years – being selected through the ISL clubs’ multi-layer grassroots festivals across country - are participating in the final selection camp expected to go on till 26th May 2015.
The talents will be further put through a program that will test their skills as well as their ability to communicate – leading to the selection of final set of children for the Young Champ scholarship in 'Under 12', Under 13' and 'Under 14' age categories, spanning three to five years. The final list of children selected for the Reliance Foundation Young Champs residential football scholarship program, will be announced on 27th May 2015.
Chairperson, Reliance Foundation and Indian Super League, Mrs Nita Ambani said, "Young Champs grassroots program is the soul of Indian Super League where we envisage to identify promising talents and provide the means to groom them to be the next generation professional footballers. I am happy to see the commitment shown by our ISL partners on the grassroots festivals and in helping Reliance Foundation identify these promising talents for the Young Champs final scholarship selection."
Marcus Michael Vaessen, an experienced grassroots coach having worked in this age group in NEC Nijmegen – a top Dutch Academy, has been appointed as the Head Talent Performance Coach for Reliance Foundation's Young Champ program. Marcus, with his rich and varied experience spanning nearly 19 years and having trained players like Dutch keeper Jasper Cillissen is a Member of CBV (Professional Coaches Union), will be in-charge of the RF Young Champs program.
70 children coming through Atletico de Kolkata's grassroots festival is the largest group from West Bengal for the Reliance Foundation Young Champs final selection, followed by North East United FC’s 25 from Assam and North East region, Kerala Blasters FC's 24 from Kerala, Mumbai City FC's 20 from Mumbai and its suburbs, Chennaiyin FC's 17 from Tamil Nadu, Delhi Dynamos and FC Pune City each 15 and FC Goa's 14.