JSW Bengaluru FC announces plans for Residential Academy
13.07.2016 : Bengaluru FC, on Wednesday, revealed its plans of a full-fledged residential academy at the JSW Township in Vijayanagar, Bellary, at a press conference addressed by club COO Mustafa Ghouse, CTO Mandar Tamhane and new Head of Youth Development John Kila at the club offices at the Bangalore Football Stadium.
The club will conduct trials in five different locations across the country – Bengaluru, Kerala, Mizoram, Punjab and Chandigarh – in the Under-16 (January 2000 to December 2003) and Under-18 (January 1998 to December 1999) age categories. The shortlisted players will then be put through a final round of trials in Bengaluru after which the selected players will relocate to the academy in Bellary.
The Bengaluru leg of trials will be held from July 23 to July 30 at the Bangalore Football Stadium and interested players can register and obtain further information on the official BFC website,www.bengalurufc.com or on the club’s social media platforms. The dates of trials at the other venues will be announced shortly. The fully-funded youth development program, which will be overseen by Kila, will provide for the players’ accommodation, education and nutrition.
“Youth Development has always been a part of the club’s philosophy and a residential academy is something we’ve wanted to put in place for quite a while now. John (Kila) comes with a rich experience of having implemented youth programs at various clubs and we are sure that under his guidance, our youngsters will progress through the ranks and make it to the club’s first team and in time, the Indian National Football Team as well,” said Ghouse.
With licensed coaches, physiotherapists, professionals in strength and conditioning and sports science, the BFC Academy will work in tandem with the club’s first team. With regards to the infrastructure, the facility comprises a full-length sand-based football pitch equipped with floodlights, a gymnasium and a swimming pool.
Kila, meanwhile, expressed his excitement at the project. “It is a privilege to be a part of this club as we are looking to put our youth in the first team, which I am very excited about. The BFC residential academy and talent hunt is a fantastic project and I am looking forward to working with the coaches and players,” said Kila.
11.07.2016 : Five former India International Players including two Captains are presently undergoing the AFC B-Licence Course in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. The Course which kicked-off on July 6 is being conducted by Former India Coach Savio Medeira, presently the AIFF Development Officer.
Sameer Naik, Steven Dias, Renedy Singh, Clifford Miranda and Arata Izumi are part of the 24-member Course which concludes on July 25, 2016. Sameer, Steven, Renedy and Clifford were all part of the Indian squad in the 2011 Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar where India were clubbed with Australia, Bahrain and Korea Republic in the Group stage.
The list of participants stay as follows: Sameer Naik , Sandeep Singh, Amritpal Singh Sidhu, Sanjoy Dey, David Daniel, Arata Izumi , Girijadevi Desai, Pradeep Kumar, Manjinder Singh, Steven Dias, Clifford Miranda, Mukesh Kumar, Sumit Bali, Sunil Patwal, Jaswant Parmar, Vikar Rawat, Rajan Mani, Wadajied Lamare, Renedy Singh , Vijay Arora, Dinesh Rawat, Shivakumar Varadraj, Charanjit Kumar.
11.07.2016 : The Football Link, one of India’s premier Football strategy and implementation organizations organized the first edition of the Bragging Rights Cup at the FZone Arena of Sporting Excellence, India’s first technology-based Football training arena in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi with world-class turf grounds, sun-proof shade nets, floodlights and the revolutionary F-Cube technology.
The Bragging Rights Cup aims to provide children in localities and RWAs across Delhi a platform to showcase their Footballing talent, participate in healthy competition and to promote ‘Health and Active Living through Sports’ amongst young children.
The day-long tournament saw the participation of teams from across Delhi/NCR including children from Vasant Kunj, Rajouri Garden, Shalimar Bagh, GK-2, Pandara Road, Khan Market, Connaught Place, Kidwai Nagar and Gurgaon in the Under-19 and Under-16 age categories. Magnolia Gurgaon emerged winners in the Under-19 category whereas B-10, Vasant Kunj were crowned champions in the Under-16 category and were facilitated by Mr. Rohit Parashar, ex- Head Coach, NIS Patiala and current advisor to SAI for FIFA Under-17 World Cup.