Category: Grassroot

6th edition of Salgaocar FC Community Outreach Program draws to a close

GOA: Amidst a colourful and electric atmosphere, the 6th edition of Salgaocar FC’s annual Community Outreach Program came to a close at the Chicalim Panchayat Ground on Sunday, 10th March, with their Grassroots Football Festival for children enrolled in the program and their parents.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Swati Salgaocar, Vice President-Youth Development said that “Salgaocar FC’s commitment to developing football at a grassroots level has remained unwavering in the uncertain economic situation in Goa and lack of clarity on the way forward for football in India. This would not have been possible without the support and involvement of the local community”.

The festival began with the children playing small sided games. Various football related fun games were organised for the parents as well. The games concluded with fun football matches between the parents and the coaches, volunteers and older children.

Medals & mementos were handed over to the volunteers and coaches of the Community Outreach Program for their   voluntary service.  Prizes were also given to the winners of the games organized at the festival.

The evening concluded with words of appreciation from the parents and young footballers.

Recognised by the AIFF and AFC for having one of the best Youth Development Programs in the country, the Club continues to set the benchmark in Grassroots and Youth Development initiatives in India. At Salgaocar FC, encouraging and promoting young Goan talent and engaging with the community at large has always been essential to the club’s philosophy.

Since its first edition in 2013, the program has been a roaring success with the number of boys and girls increasing significantly every year.  Held every Sunday between October 2018 and March 2019, this year the program saw the registration cross 500 children from in and around Vasco.

The children head to the ground, every Sunday, proudly wearing a full Salgaocar FC kit, for an afternoon of learning and excitement.  Divided into two batches of 6-8 years and 9-11 years, they are trained under the watchful eyes of highly qualified and experienced Salgaocar FC coaches.  A total of 40 licensed coaches and volunteers were involved in the program this year.  Youngsters are taught the basics of football through fun drills and games while the older children learn more challenging skills & tactics for competitive play.  The most promising players from the program are absorbed into the Club’s U-13 youth team.

This year also saw the introduction of Baby Leagues for children in the 8 and 10 year age group. Around 90 children participated in 40 matches between November and March.

Jamshedpur FC conducts it’s first ever Grassroots Football Festival

Jamshedpur: Jamshedpur Football Club held its first Grassroots Football festival at the Sumant Moolagokar Stadium collaborating with Hill Top School, Jamshedpur under aegis of Kundan Chandra, Head of Youth Development and Grassroots Jamshedpur FC.

The festival saw a stupendous response as over 670 children registered and participated between the age group of 3-12 years from the Hill Top School.

The festival commenced at 7:45 am and was inaugurated by Chief Guest Ravi Singh, Head Human Resource, Tata Motors along with distinguished guests such as Mukul Choudhari (CEO Jamshedpur FC), Ashish Kumar (Head of Sports Tata Steel), Puneeta B Chouhan (Prinicpal, Hill Top School) and other managing committee members of the Hill Top School.

The students of the Hill Top school volunteered and compered for the entire festival along with 35 Red Miners members who helped in the overall operations. The children were mentored by 20 Grassroots leaders from the course held last month and more than 10 parents volunteered in organizing the festival.

Mukul Choudhari, CEO Jamshedpur FC added, “It’s an amazing experience to see so many kids and their parents to be involved and engaged. This is a great sign for the future of Indian football. Our objective is to start training at an early age with a more scientific approach and this should be achieved with such response. We are not very far away from the time where we will create good football players from this system. We will take this format and programme to all the other schools of Jamshedpur and other cities. So far, the response has been overwhelming from the schools and the parents. We wish they continue to support us.”

Puneeta B Chouhan, Principal, Hill Top School added,” We are absolutely proud to collaborate with Jamshedpur FC. My school children from nursery right upto the age group of under 12 are ready to play.

This festival is generating awareness amongst the parents about the culture of the sport and this in turn help the children to learn team work, team spirit and lot of values about life. More and more students are enquiring and showing interest in taking up the sport going forward. Three cheers to Jamshedpur FC.”

BFC, Boost join hands to develop grassroots football

Bengaluru: Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC have partnered with Boost, one of GSK’s leading brands in the Health Food Drinks category to develop grassroots football in Bengaluru, the club announced on Tuesday. The association also marks Boost’s coming on board with BFC as the club’s ‘official energy partner’.

The Blues will kick-off the partnership with the Boost-BFC Inter-School Soccer Shield – a flagship event of the club that enters its third edition. The tournament will feature 60 school teams across the U10, U12 and U14 age groups and will be held at the Bangalore Football Stadium, from January 23rd onwards.

While the tournament will be the anchor of the association, it also includes several development initiatives like the coach education program where coaches from participating teams are handed the opportunity to take part in the AIFF ‘D’ and AFC ‘C’ license courses, which will be conducted in the city for the first time. This apart, the association includes seminars educating the children and parents on various aspects of the sport like nutrition and psychology, along with a referee education programme in a bid to cover all aspects of the game.

The winning teams from each category will be awarded with the opportunity of a three-day training course with Bengaluru FC’s licensed youth coaches.

On the association, Bengaluru FC COO Mustafa Ghouse said, “The BFC Inter-School Soccer Shield has been an integral and important part of the club’s effort in taking the game to the grassroots. We’re happy to have partners in BOOST, along with whom we have been able to make this edition one with a lot of value additions and bigger on every front.”

Also present at the announcement was club and national team captain Sunil Chhetri who lauded the manner in which the tournament has grown. “I’ve been at Bengaluru FC for five years now and I have been following the Soccer Shield closely. It’s very encouraging to see the new aspects that have been added to make this edition bigger and better than the previous ones. I wish I had as many opportunities when I was in school. It’s a great opportunity that I am certain kids, coaches and parents would not let slip by.”

Boost will be activating the partnership with its flagship property ‘Play the Pros’ where selected kids will get to play and learn from their favourite stars at an event in March 2018, and a child mascot program will provide the opportunity for the children to walk on the pitch with India’s biggest football stars.

Elucidating on the partnership, Vikram Bahl, Area Marketing Lead, GSK Consumer Healthcare said, “Boost is known for its energy proposition which we have been bringing alive through its association with cricket and cricket superstars. While cricket continues to remain India’s most loved sport, there are other sports like Badminton, Football, Tennis to name a few which are increasingly becoming popular and taking increasing share in sports conversations and action in the country. We felt it was the right time for us to extend our touch points beyond cricket and move forward with country’s sports evolution to stay connected with kids through other endurance sports.”

He further added, “We felt ISL is the right platform and Bengaluru FC is the right partner in our endeavour to join the Football revolution unfolding in the country over last few years. Through this partnership, we intend to take our communication platform ‘Play the Bigger Game’ beyond TV and give kids the opportunity to “Play with the Pros”. The activation platform of ‘Play the Pros’ was launched in 2017 wherein our first association was with Chennai Open. This year we plan to take it forward with ISL and a couple of other popular sporting events that have the right fit for the brand. With this, I am confident that we will make the brand even more popular among the kids, which in turn will help continue the strong growth momentum on the brand.”

AIFF Grassroots Leaders Course conducted in Maharashtra

 

NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation in association with Western India Football Association (WIFA), Football Association of Gandhinglaj and Indian Super League Club Mumbai City FC conducted a Grassroots Leaders Course at the Shivraj College in Gandhinglaj from June 10-12, 2017.

30 Grassroots Coaches from Maharashtra participated in the Course which was conducted by AIFF Grassroots Instructor Anjana Turambekar. The Course was engineered to tutor the participants in AIFF’s Grassroots philosophy in tune with FIFA and AFC’s Grassroots philosophy.

Through practical and theory sessions participants understood the importance of redefined Grassroots football and how to develop children football in their region. The participants also learned the significance of organizing Baby leagues. On the last day of the Course, the participants conducted a Grassroots festival which was attend by 100 kids.

Pope John Quepem, Albert Developers shines at SCG’s AFC Grassroots Day festival

 

GOA: Pope John Quepem emerged champions in Women’s 5-a-side and Albert Developers bagged the Veteran’s 5-A-Side event at the AFC Grassroots Day celebrations of Sporting Clube de Goa held at Don Bosco grounds, Panaji.

Pope John Quepem upset favourites Rosary High Secondary School, Navelim 1-0 in the finals with Joycima Fernandes netting the match winner. Earlier in the round robin four team league Rosary had taken the top slot with 9 points and an all win record. Pope John followed in the second spot with 6 points from two wins and one loss against Rosary. St. Xaviers, Moira and Our Lady of Piety H.S. Collem were the other two teams in the competition. St. Xavier’s Moira were awarded the Fair Play Trophy.

In the Veterans 5-A-Side finals Victor Lobo was the hero for Albert Developers scoring a brace to give them a 2-0 win over a fighting Calangute Veterans.

In the league phase Albert Developers topped group B with 5 points followed by Bardez Veterans with 4 points. In Group A Calangute Veterans nudged ahead of Temptations Miramar by better goal difference after both teams had ended with 7 points.

In the first semi-finals Albert Developers beat Temptations Miramar with a star goal from Bibiano and in the other semi-finals Goal Keeper Dominic joined the attack and scored from the narrowest of angle to send his team into the finals ahead of Bardez Veterans.

The Womens 5-A-Side concluded in the morning and was attended by the Sporting Clube First team stars Cajetan Fernandes and Glan Martins along with Chief Coach Mathew Da Costa who gave away the prizes.

The Veterans 5-A-Side was an unique event bringing a host of players of yester years together with the likes of Domingos Cabral, Bibiano, Alex Alvares, Venancio Gonsalves, Victor Lobo, Caetan Pinho, Elvis Pereira, Lino Pereira, Fausto Lobo, Nelson Landez and Chandrakant Naik just to name a few, taking the field.

The prizes were distributed by Chief Guest Antonio Bothelo, veteran football administrator and former General Secretary of GFA who is most remembered as the man behind the famous Panvel Sports Club, along with Guests of Honour Mrs. Natty Vaz Co-Owner of Sporting Clube and Mr. Jovito Lopes Veteran Sports journalist and former long time member of the GFA Executive Committee.

Minerva Punjab commemorates AFC Grassroots Day with two-day long Grassroots Festival

 

CHANDIGARH: The two day celebrations of AFC Grassroots Day organised by Minerva Punjab FC in association with AIFF Grassroots Department and Chandigarh Football Association concluded today.

On Sunday, 14th May 2017 around 200 boys and girls upto the age of 15 years, from all parts of the tricity area and Punjab came to participate in the football festivities held at Minerva Acadmey Campus in Mohali. The participants were divided into groups and played fun and interactive 5v5 and 4v4 games under the guidance of Minerva Punjab FC coaches.

On Saturday, 15th May 2017 around 80 boys and girls below the age of 15 years, including underprivileged kids from areas like Malloya, Khudda Lahora, Naya Goan etc. participated. Some of these kids got the experience football for the very first time ever. The Minerva Punjab FC coaches engaged to kids in fun filled footballing activities and games and tried to introduce kids to the basis of football. All participants were given AFC Grassroots Day T-Shirts, Playing jerseys and a nutritious hot lunch. In the evening the grassroots celebrations were shifted to Minerva Punjab FC Campus in Mohali where kids if the neighbouring Daon Village and Kharar Distt. were invited to participate in the festivities. More than 50 kids came to enjoy the celebrations and were given AFC grassroots day t-shirts and nutritious refreshments.

Club CEO Mr. Ranjit Bajaj said, “Minerva Punjab FC believes that each child deserves to experience and enjoy football irrespective of their economic background. By introducing these kids to football today, we have sown the seeds and we hope that these kids will continue to play the sport. We have selected one boy from the underprivileged kids to train with us for a few days and we are considering offering him a scholarship in our youth development program. But this festival isn’t just for kids wanting to go professional, its for everyone and anyone. Football leads to all round personality development that comes with playing team sports inculcating qualities like team work, sportsmanship, leadership, hardwork, unity, loyalty, stamina, endurance and never give up attitude in kids.”

Salgaocar FC’s Annual Community Outreach Program concludes

 

March 12, 2017: Amidst a colourful and electric atmosphere, the 4th edition of Salgaocar FC’s annual Community Outreach Program came to a close at the Chicalim Panchayat Ground on Sunday, 12th March, with their Grassroots Football Festival.

After a warm welcome to the children and their parents, Ms. Swati Salgaocar, Vice President-Youth Development, addressed the gathering.  Speaking on the occasion, she said that “Salgaocar FC’s commitment to developing football at a grassroots level has remained unwavering in the uncertain football environment in India and it would not have been possible without the involvement of the local community”. She also thanked the Chicalim Panchayat for their support in making this year’s program a success.

The festival began with the children playing small sided games, in addition to participating in drills that were both entertaining and engaging.  The fathers took part in exhibition matches versus the program coaches, while a tie-breaker was held for the enthusiastic mothers.  The games concluded with a fun football match for the parents.

Since its first edition in 2013, the program has been a roaring success with the number of boys and girls increasing significantly every year.  Held over 20 Sundays between October 2016 and March 2017, this year the program saw the registration cross 600 children from in and around Vasco.

The children head to the ground, every Sunday, proudly wearing a full Salgaocar FC kit, for an afternoon of learning and excitement.  Divided into two batches of 6-8 years and 9-11 years, they are trained under the watchful eyes of highly qualified and experienced Salgaocar FC coaches and first team players between 3.15 pm to 5.15 pm.  A total of 40 licensed coaches were involved in the program this year.  Youngsters are taught the basics of football through fun drills and games while the older children learn more challenging skills & tactics for competitive play.  The most promising players from the program are absorbed into the Club’s U-13 youth team.

Recognised by the AIFF and AFC for having one of the best Youth Development Programs in the country, the Club continues to set the benchmark in Grassroots and Youth Development initiatives in India. At Salgaocar FC, encouraging and promoting young Goan talent and engaging with the community at large has always been essential to the club’s philosophy.

Medals & mementos were handed over to the volunteers and coaches of the Community Outreach Program for their   voluntary service.  Prizes were also given to the winners of the games organized at the festival.

The evening concluded with words of appreciation from the parents.

Sunshine School crown inaugural FC Goa Junior Gaurs U-10 League Champions

 

GOA: After 12 weeks of action, Sunshine School were crowned the inaugural FC Goa Junior Gaurs U-10 League Champions. Sunshine came from a goal down to overcome Assumpta Conventwith a scoreline of 3-1 in what a keenly fought contest, in front of a healthy crowd at the Nagoa Village Panchayat Ground in Verna.

Earlier in the afternoon, Assumpta Convent had booked their place in the final with a comfortable 2-0 victory over St. Josephs, Chandor. On the other side of the draw, Sunshine School ran out convincing winners over St. Thomas High School of Aldona with a scoreline of 3-0. The two losing semi-finalists faced off in a playoff, with St. Joseph’s prevailing by a scoreline of 3-2 to finish the tournament in 3rd place.

The tournament was launched on the 2nd of December at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda with FC Goa’s entire senior team and staff in attendance. The Junior Gaurs League, which is the first of its kind in the state, is an initiative of the FC Goa Grassroots Program which saw 63 schools take part in the competition with 8 different venues across Goa playing hosts.

A total of 225 matches were played over the 12 weeks with 882 players taking part in the league, where a total of 545 goals were scored. Kyle Gaspar of Sunshine School was named as the Man of the match in the finals and The King’s School were awarded the Fair Play Trophy.

After the resounding of the U-10 league, FC Goa has gone ahead with plans for the Junior Gaurs U-12 League an the first round of fixtures will kick off on the 22nd February.

Lajong Grassroots Clinic Running Successfully

SHILLONG: The Lajong Grassroots Clinic kicked off on 29th December and the Lajong Youth Coaches including the Technical Staff have visited six different localities in and around Shillong so far.

More than 700 children between the ages of 6-12 have participated and the Club hopes to see more young aspiring footballers come out to participate in the up coming grassroots clinic to be held at Madanryting on 11th January, Mylliem on 12th January, Laitlyngkot on 13th January, Umniuh on 14th January, Sohryngkham on 18th January and the Mega Festival will be held on the 19th January in Polo Ground Shillong.

Lajong Youth Coach Alison Kharsyntiew said, “So far we have conducted 6 grassroots program in different localities and the response has been huge. From each locality we have selected 10 players for the final grassroots program which will be held in Polo Ground Shillong.

There are a lot of good talent in every part of Meghalaya but talent is a waste if the players are not developed or trained. So during the program we encourage the sports members of each locality to organise such programs to nurture as well as scout for talented footballers for the betterment of football in our state.

In Laitor recently there were six girls who came to attend the grassroots clinic and they had a good session with us. We are extremely happy to see the interest growing among girls also in football. And we hope more girls from our state participate in such football clinics in the future”, he concluded.

Second round of FC Goa U-10 matches completed

Panaji, 13th December 2016: FC Goa is striving to develop the game of football across the state and enhance its reputation in the country. To do this, the club has decided to start with youngsters. As a result, a one of a kind under-10 league kicked off at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on 2nd December. The event will be played in the league plus knockout format across eight venues in Goa with more than 800 players. 64 schools in Goa are part of this tournament which will see over 200 matches being played.

Eight teams competed in the first round of matches at Fatorda on 2nd December. The energy and spirit shown by the juniors was commendable. The second round of matches was held on 13th December at the Pilar Central School Ground, Pilar. Eight more teams competed for a chance to progress to the next round. Out of the four matches played in Pilar, only one match ended all square with neither Sunshine School nor Sharda Mandir managing to net a goal. St Andrew’s School were the biggest victors on the day after they put three goals past the Jesus and Mary school goalkeeper. Fr Agnel school, Pilar managed to pick up a 1-0 victory over Santo Minguel school in what was a highly competitive encounter. Lastly, Auxilium High School also grabbed a frenetic 2-1 win over Fairy Land school in the last match of the day.

FC Goa, as part of its grassroots programme is hoping to inspire many children to take up football as a career while also doing their best to promote the sport and unearth young talent.