Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bengaluru FC launches Soccer Schools

Bengaluru FC announced the launch of the Bengaluru FC Soccer Schools - the club’s newest venture aimed at promoting and supporting football at the grassroots level. In a press conference addressed by Bengaluru FC COO Mustafa Ghouse, head coach Ashley Westwood, head of youth development Richard Hood, and striker Robin Singh, the club laid out the plans for the Soccer Schools, the first of which kicks off on April 20 at Play Mania, Bellandur, off outer ring road. 

Designed by the coaching staff at the club, the Soccer Schools will, for now, be open to children in the under-7, 9, and 11 age categories. Speaking at the launch, Ghouse said, “Announcing the BFC Soccer Schools is a very special moment for everyone at the club. This is the first step and we are certain about the Soccer Schools expanding to more parts of the city and eventually, the country.” 

While the under-7s will have two batches, two times a week, the under-9s and under-11s will have three sessions a week. There will also be designated days for practice games. Talented youngsters coming out of the Schools even stand the chance to get a look in to the club’s elite academy. 

“I’ve come through an academy myself and completely understand the importance of one if you are to develop as a player. It’s wonderful to be part of a club that is promoting the grassroots at the right age and the future is surely bright for the children who are part of the program,” said Singh who is a product of the Tata Football Academy.