Subrata Paul, India goalkeeper, was conferred the prestigious Arjuna Award
AIFF PRESS RELEASE 22.08.2016 : Subrata Paul was on Monday (August 22, 2016) named as a winner of the prestigious Arjuna Award. Subrata who has nicknamed the ‘Spiderman’ for his acrobatic saves during the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Doha has represented India for over a decade. Besides, he has also Captained India in several matches.
“The Arjuna Award is one of the highest Awards for sportspersons in our Country. Over the years the best in their respective fields have been conferred with the Award. A sportsperson never plays to get any Award. But when your achievements get recognized, it is an added motivation to do better,” Subrata stated.
“I need to thank all my Coaches, my Teammates, AIFF, the Football fraternity and my family who stood by me and supported me over all these years,” he added. All India Football Federation President Mr. Praful Patel congratulated Paul on his achievement. “Subrata has been exceptional with his Football all these years. He has been a flag bearer for long. Congratulations,” he said in his message.
General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das mentioned that Subrata has been an “inspiration for so many youngsters.” “Subrata has been a top performer for India over the years. He is an icon and an inspiration to so many youngsters. He deserves it. Congratulations,” Mr. Das stated.
National Coach Stephen Constantine couldn’t hide his delight over the phone. “No one deserves the Arjuna Award more than Subrata. He has done so much for Indian Football both on and off the field. I am very happy for him. Congratulations,” he told.
Over the years Subrata has been a winning member of the AFC Challenge Cup, three editions of the Nehru Cup and the 2016 SAFF Suzuki Cup. He is the 24th Footballer to have won the Award, the last being Sunil Chhetri in 2011.
Adidas and Reliance Foundation to take football to campus
RFYS PRESS RELEASE 22.08.2016 : German sportswear giant adidas has joined forces with Reliance Foundation Youth Sports to be part of the one of the most ambitious Campus football growth phase in the country.
Adidas has singed multi-year deal with the aspiring Reliance Foundation Youth Sports School & College Football competitions starting from 27th August 2016. In its inaugural year, the competition will be played in eight cities in Guwahati, Kochi, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Goa, featuring over 2000 teams and 40,000 youths playing football.
The RFYS Football competitions will be held across four categories - Junior, Senior and College boys and Senior Girls.
With a mission to create a unified structure for school and college competitions across sports, Reliance Foundation Youth Sports is aimed at encouraging a multi-discipline sports culture among schools and colleges and provide young athletes an integrated growth platform.
adidas shares its vision with Reliance Foundation Youth Sports of encouraging sports at the grassroots level in India. As the performance partner with RFYS, adidas will provide the official match balls for the programme and will also be the kit partner to all the City Champions qualifying for the National Finals.
Commenting on the programme, Damyant Singh, Sr. Marketing Director, adidas India, said, “India’s love for the sport of football has grown tremendously over the last decade. A crucial link that was missing was the existence of a unified School & College competition that would give young athletes the opportunity to showcase & test their skills against the best in India. RFYS will fundamentally change the way the next generation of Indians coach, train & compete. Grassroots is the bedrock on which sporting success is built and adidas is very proud to play its part in supporting the RFYS.”