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Football: Four Indian students secure La Liga Scholarship

Football: Four Indian students secure La Liga Scholarship

Shivansh Gupta

Published: 15 May 2019 10:24 AM GMT
LaLiga, Spain’s premier club competition, has granted its LaLiga Football Schools Scholarship to four Indian students, who will travel to Spain to train under a top football club. The four students— Rian Katoch and Asik Shaikh from Mumbai and Ishan Murali and Vidwath Shetty from Bengaluru— will train with first division club, CD Leganes, in a 10-day training camp that will take place from May 26 to June 5 this year. As per the New Indian Express report, the students went through a comprehensive scouting process where LaLiga Football Schools shortlisted 32 players, out of which only four kids were selected. They were assessed on multiple fronts like technical skill, discipline, attitude and behaviour at training. These students were selected under the grassroots development programme of LaLiga in India, which will be granting such scholarships every year. In a media release, the officials also mentioned that these kids will be sent upto a fortnight every year in the month of May and will get a golden opportunity to receive high quality training at a specially selected LaLiga club academy.
“These four students showcased exemplary technical skills and sporting values throughout their time at LaLiga Football Schools. We have always believed that India has strong potential to become a global footballing superpower and with this programme, young Indians will take their country one step closer to achieving the status.”
said Managing Director of LaLiga India, Jose Antonio Cachaza, in a release. He also stated that during their time with CD Leganes, the students will get a chance to train with the best coaches and youth of Spain which will surely have a strong impact on them. The scholarships, which will be awarded in association with the Embassy of Spain in India and India On Track, will follow a set process for selecting the students. They aim to scout 32 players by Diwali every year, followed by the final phase of selection in a metro city in January. These students will then travel to Spain in May. While this program makes for a great opportunity for young footballers to make a name for themselves, it is not the first time the country has seen the presence of an international league or a club. Prestigious clubs like Arsenal, Barcelona, Boca Juniors, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool have already set up their academies in India. Nonetheless, this LaLiga scholarship program is bound to tap into untapped potential of Indian football at the grassroot level and has the capability to give India future champions.
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