EAST BENGAL LAUNCHES OFFICIAL FAN CLUB
29.03.2016 : East Bengal club launched it's official fan club. In a city hotel at Kolkata in a gorgeous function the first ever official fan club of a football club in India starts it's journey in presence of a host of dignities, footballers and club officials. Important footballers of the current squad Mehatab Hossain, Soumik Dey, Bello Rasaq, Bernard Mendy, Do Dong Hyun and Ranty Martins unveiled the logo of East Bengal Fan Club.
East Bengal, one of the oldest and prestigious football club in the country founded in the year 1920, with a large number of fan base not only in India but in different parts of the world. The fans can apply for the membership for the Silver Card from 30th March on-wards. The membership form will be available at the club tent at Kolkata maidan, selected outlets of Mio Amore and Irony Furniture store. The Platinum Card will be launch shortly.
The members of the fan club were provided with a Team Jersey,Membership Card, discount vouchers of 100 top brands, a discount on East Bengal Club Cafe and a discount of 20% of all home matches. An individual membership will cost Rs 689/- and will be renew annually.
ATLETICO DE KOLKATA'S GRASS ROOT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
29.03.2016 : Atletico de Kolkata announced the conclusion of the two months long grass root programme for development of young footballers and selection of footballers for the proposed academy. The team management also announced that the final selection will be carried out on 29th and 30th March 2016 at Bidhannagar Municipality ground. .
Mr. Utsav Parekh, Co-owner, Atletico de Kolkata said, “Our aim is to promote football and develop state-of-the-art infrastructure for the beautiful game in Bengal. The grassroot development is aligned to our commitment made to uplift and scout for the best of the football talent for the future. There is indeed no dearth of talent and potential but channelizing them towards their respective goals is our priority as well as our responsibility.” .
This year the team management conducted 16 grassroot camps where they received a phenomenal response with 2862 young budding footballers participating in the camps. 131 footballers in the age group of 13 and 202 footballers in the age group of 12 and below have been called for final selection on 29th and 30th March respectively. .
In phase 1, Atletico de Kolkata is planning to take around 30-40 kids for their academy and will be provide all round development of the young footballers. A team of four Spanish coaches from Atletico de Madrid Academy are in Kolkata to help the Atletico de Kolkata's coaches in the selection process. The programme will also include ‘Coach the Coaches’ where about 60 coaches from different coaching camps of West Bengal will also participate.