Former India international Raman Vijayan, on Saturday, confirmed on an Instagram Live session with Chennaiyin FC fan club Supermachans that he will soon be launching a women’s football academy in Tamil Nadu in line with his men’s academy, Noble FA.
Over the last few years, Tamil Nadu has seen a massive growth in football. With Chennaiyin FC enjoying success in the Indian Super League (ISL) and Chennai City FC gaining prominence after winning the I-League, the football scene has completely changed in the state. And behind this upheaval, Vijayan has had a role to play.
The former East Bengal FC star had founded the Raman Vijayan Soccer School (RVSS) four years back but much before that in 2009, he had started the noble football academy back at Karaikudi (interior part of TN) with the idea of finding and developing talented kids in remote villages who lacked exposure in the state.
Two former trainees at Noble, S. Pandiyan and Mayakkannan, ply their trade with Chennaiyin FC and Gokulam Kerala respectively. Recently, two more trainees from RVSS, Sivasakthi and Kamalesh, landed a two-year contract with Bengaluru FC reserves.
Buoyed by all this success, the 46-year-old Vijayan now wants to do set up an academy for women footballers in Tamil Nadu.
Interestingly, the women from the state have also been doing pretty well. While Sethu FC who won the Indian Women’s League (IWL) in 2019, the Tamil Nadu state junior girls team also won the national title.