FC Metz and Edukick has launched of "My Chance" - a unique football tournament in India.

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31.01.2014 : KFC. | HOME PAGE

EDUKICK PRESS RELEASE : Youth development is the backbone and the future of any footballing infrastrcture to thrive and fully flourish into a vibrant and sustainable football culture. With this in mind, Eric Benny's Edukick Sports has tied up with the French Club FC Metz that has the distinction of having one of the best youth development programs in Europe.

At a media event at the French Cultural Centre former Indian Team Manager and Managing Director of Edukick Sports, Eric Benny announced the launch of "My Chance" - a unique football tournament that will identify indigenous grassroot talent and sponsor their training at the FC Metz Centre de Formation in France - an Academy that has produced the likes of Robert Pires, Frank Ribery, Emmanuel Adebayor, Louis Saha and Miralem Pjanic amongst others. The first edition of "My Chance" is expected to cover about a 100 schools in the NCR. Although "My Chance" is the first of its kind tournament promoting Indian footballing talent on a global scale, 4 Indian boys are already working on their game and their mojo at the famed French academy.

After receiving training under Eric Benny, India's very own Vedaant Nag, Luv Kapoor, Maanas Kaalra and Shiv Jhangiani from Delhi broke into the French frontier. Impressing one and all in a trial at FC Metz, Delhi-based Manas Kaalra and Shiv Jhangiani were the first Indian boys to train full-time in an International European Club Academy while pursuing their studies at the same time. Since then two more talented boys have been inducted into the prestigious academy - Vedaant Nag & Luv Kapoor. All of these boys underwent intensive training under former Indian Football Team Manager Eric Benny. They will now train at the academy for another one to two years.

Denis Schaeffer, Director, FC Metz Academy said: "FC Metz is pleased and delighted to expand our collaboration with Edukick. We have long had a desire to facilitate the development of Football in India. Through our relationship with Eric Benny we have accepted Manas, Shiv, Vedaant & Luv at our Academy in Metz and are expecting more in the coming months."

Mr. Eric Benny, former Indian Football Team Manager and current Managing Director of Edukick, said: "We have partnered with FC Metz to create opportunities in France and India for players and coaches to enhance themselves. Several visits to FC Metz over the past 3 years have enabled me to better understand what is amiss in Indian Football. We feel very strongly about our future contribution to Indian Football and helping it reach the highest level. Denis and the team at FC Metz are one of the best in the World.

They have decades of experience and are open minded or should I say, global minded. It's a tricky and risky business to connect the dots of science and art in Player Development and there can never be too much wisdom as we endeavour to develop Indian players that compete with the likes of the best Asian players on the planet today." Shiv Jhangiani who impressed FC Metz coaches with his recent performances against the Singapore National Team said: "I feel a part of the club. I stay with the other Academy Players, train with them and go to school with them." He added: "Before coming to Metz I was lucky enough to train under Eric sir. He prepared me both on and off the field and the period of intense training proved invaluable in getting selected."

Maanas Kalra said: "Being at Metz is a dream come true for me. Being a Professional Footballer is something I have strived for. I need to thank my Coach Eric Sir for developing me and helping me pursuing my dream. In fact, he is more of a friend and mentor than a coach. I hope to make the most of this opportunity and continue my development as a player so that I can compete with the best in the World."

Vedant Nag adds: "The coaches are all great. They're all so knowledgeable and there's so much to learn everyday. They make me see the game in ways I would never have seen before, and tell me what I need to work on every step of the way. However, the thing I find in the coaches at Metz and Eric sir is that they're all very encouraging, calm, and relaxed people. For a football player, being ready mentally plays an important part. They know exactly what to say to make sure that I'm confident and happy. I'm lucky to have coaches like them."

For the discerning parents, their children's stints at FC Metz and with Eric have been revelatory and life-defining. According to Atul and Sangeeta Nag "Being at the club has strengthened Vedant's commitment and led to a real awareness of the demands of a competitive sport. It has significantly enhanced his technical skills and sharpened pitch awareness. We hope that also opens doors at reputed universities who recognise that sportsmen of excellence bring with them all the qualities of a good leader, commitment to task and a drive to excel."

Vandana Kapur says: "This is GREAT OPPURTUNITY for both me & my child. FC METZ is a world-renowned club. Football in Europe is top of the World standards. So my child getting selected at that platform, to get trained as per such high standards is a fortunate thing for him. FC METZ will definitely contribute in shaping the career of my child in a very very positive way. I'm confident of this."

Football has opened up the future for these boys; they can see their dream taking shape. "My football dream is to play for my country, and play for a club in Europe. I want to be the first ever Indian to be signed by a European club. This opportunity is my way of achieving all that I have set for myself. It's a chance that very few get, and I know that I have to make the most of it. I'm proud to be playing here, and I want to continue playing good football with the talented players around me. I believe this is the chance I've been working towards, the chance that will get me there. So it really means everything to me." These words from Vedant ring true not only for all of the Indian boys at Metz, but for every budding young player out there. As Eric Benny says, "Time to take Indian football to the next level is now. My Chance is a small step in that direction. Big things can happen from here".