After entering into a long-term partnership with RB Leipzig last year, FC Goa are set to launch their online soccer camps later this month with support from the Bundesliga giants. The Indian Super League (ISL) outfit, who are currently on course to enter the playoff stages barring any further hiccups, have always been the frontrunners in terms of promoting local talent and streamlining their grassroots structure. Keeping up with the new normal, the Gaurs are now set to extend that aspect of their ethos even further through the online programme which will help hundreds of young kids to develop an affinity for the game from the comfort of their homes.
The national level camp will kick off on February 15, the curriculum for which has been designed by FC Goa Technical Director Derrick Pereira. Coaches from Leipzig have also added their inputs making this a one-of-a-kind opportunity for budding footballers. One of the major reasons why Indian football is still way behind its European counterparts is that in our country, youngsters start getting professional training quite late. Compare that to all the major footballing nations, where those between six and eight years of age are considered to be the most conducive when it comes to teaching the basics of the game. It is this gap in knowledge that FC Goa are trying to address.
“We’ve started this programme because we want to develop the next generation of footballers in the country. Through this programme, we aim to make sure that kids start playing early and have all the tools to succeed,” Derrick Pereira told FC Goa Media. As an added incentive, those enrolling for the online programme will also be contacted for nationwide camps and trials going forward as they enter the FC Goa umbrella.
The Golden Baby Leagues all over the country have proved that getting the kids to start young makes them more ready for future challenges. It instils in them important sporting values and also helps them understand the importance of teamwork, albeit in a friendly and fun environment. Although only virtual for now, the online programme will go beyond that and hopefully enable them to learn about various aspects like nutrition, training, tactics and so on.