GTC launches grassroots development centre

GTC launches grassroots development centre

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GUWAHATI: The Gauhati Town Club launched its Grassroots Youth Development Centre under the All India Football Federation at the club premises in Judges Field here today.

"Boys aged between six to 12 years will initially undergo training and we believe that youth development remains our main priority. Ankur Dutta, secretary of the Assam Football Association came up with the proposal and we are very happy to come up with the grassroots youth development centre," said Devajit Saikia, secretary, Gauhati Town Club.

The club also announced the revival of its residential football academy which was shut down in 2013.

"Owing to some unavoidable circumstances our residential academy was closed in 2013 but it will be functional from July 1. The academy is still functional with around 60 footballers from Guwahati and its adjoining areas. Some of the lads from the academy have done tremendously well which include Rahul Das who was adjudged the best player in the 6th Dr T Ao Football championship. Some of our players are also at the DSK Liverpool Academy in Pune. Off late we have recruited three spotters who have been touring several places in the Northeast region and they have already selected 70 players for the final screening," added Saikia.

Anju Turambekar, grassroots development manager, AIFF, stressed on the importance of such grassroots youth development centre's if football needs to grow in the country.

"Grassroots development is the only way if India needs to make it big in football. If you see globally, a child aged between six to 12 years is almost the same and it is during this age that one can be molded. The main objective of this program is to train the coaches so that they can provide the budding talents with the right guidance. We will be appointing a grassroots development officer who will be in charge the whole program," said Turambekar.

Earlier, Turambekar conducted an AIFF's grassroots coaching course in which 38 coaches from different parts of the state took part last year.

"Some of the dedicated former players are running academies in different parts of the state and from where players are coming up. The AIFF introduced this program so that the best training can be imparted," said Ankur Dutta, secretary, Assam Football Association.

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