ISL NEWS : 2016


15.05.2016: The twenty-two young Reliance Foundation Young Champs currently in England visited the Premier League headquarters in London as they entered the second week of their 11-day trip. The Young Champs have already visited the academies of Premier League outfits like Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Southampton since arriving in England on May 11 and will soon be visiting those of West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City and Liverpool before their scheduled departure on May 23.

After experiencing their first live premier league match at St, Mary’s Stadium on Sunday as Southampton hosted Crystal Palace, the youngsters travelled to the Premier League headquarters for a fun-and-educational session. The youngsters also received the opportunity to pose alongside the Premier League trophy and were addressed by Executive Chairman of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore.

Scudamore started his address by highlighting the world class youth development facilities on display at Premier League clubs. “You’ve already been to Chelsea, already been to Southampton, you’re here today and then travelling up the rest of the country, finally Manchester and Liverpool. You will see a complete spread of what’s best about Premier League Youth Development facilities,” he said.

However, Scudamore didn’t forget to emphasise that there was more to a footballer’s development than just excellent facilities. “But I don’t want you to leave your tour here thinking that it’s all about facilities. Your career development, youth development is primarily down to you as individuals. It is of course, not only about how good you are physically but also how good you are mentally,” he said.

He also stressed the need for top quality coaches to help the young budding talents further their footballing education. “Probably the most important thing is your coaching and the quality of your coaches and the coaches as mentors in the way they develop you. Realistically, it will be difficult in the next couple of years in terms of your development, to have an enormous amount of facilities in India like you’ll see this week.”

Scudamore ended his address to the Reliance Foundation Young Champs by stating that it was a privilege to have the young champs in England and encouraged the talented youngsters to enjoy their stay in England. “Most importantly, this week and next week just ensure you have fun and it’s really been a privilege of ours to host you, to be involved in your visit and it’s really great to see you,” he concluded.


11.5.16: Indian Super League has taken forward its esteemed association with the Premier League to provide a unique experience to the Reliance Foundation’s Young Champs (RFYC) to train at various prestigious Club academies in the United Kingdom.

The RFYC group comprises of 22 young Indian footballers in the age group of under-12 and under-14, who have been training at Navi Mumbai for the past one year under the RFYC residential scholarship programme. They will embark on their twelve day journey on 12th May 2016, accompanied by Young Champs Head Coach Mark Vaessen and assistant coach Jose Barreto.

The 22 young people traveling to UK are Bunando Singh, Koustav Dutta, Yashvender Singh, Ronik Singh, Tushar Kumar, Rashid Cherukad, Mustaque Ahmed, Mikhil Patil, Muhammed Nemil, Muhammed Basith, Ranit Sarkar, Ayush Chhikara, Sumit Das, Aqib Nawab, Aritra Das, Subhajit Belel, Razibul Mistry, Basker Singh, Supriyo Sardar, Zidan Singh, Birendra Singh and G Balaji.

The Premier League is a strategic partner to the Indian Super League (ISL) and the visit is part of their Mutual Cooperation Agreement. Earlier, in April 2015, the Premier League, along with Arsenal, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion hosted a five day event, sharing best practice with ISL club owners and senior management, with a focus on Club Organisation, Youth and Community Development and Fan Engagement.

Their schedule begins with training at the Chelsea FC Academy in Cobham, followed by friendly matches over the following two days against the Crystal Palace, Southampton and Reading academies. The group will also get an opportunity to watch the last game of the Premier League season at St. Mary’s Stadium between Southampton and Crystal Palace on Sunday 15th May.

The following week will see the group visit the Premier League offices, where the young people will hear from the Youth Development team around expectations of players, alongside fun and engaging workshops delivered by the Education department and a photo opportunity with the Premier League Trophy. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for the ISL central academy coaches to hear from Ged Roddy, Director of Youth at the Premier League, about the development of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP)