For the second time in one month,aspiring young players from Chandigarh got another chance to see how much they have improved over the time,this time in a workshop conducted by Surjit Singh,former international and JCT player,at the Punjab Engineering College Grounds in Sector 12.
The extensive training workshop,held by the Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools,was for the players participating in the Chandigarh Football League,an initiative of the Bhutia Schools to select the finest talents from the city. Last month,these footballers had got an opportunity to train with Jose Tavares,the former Portuguese player who holds a UEFA B’ Coaching License,at the Sector 17 football stadium. That training had gone on for three days.
On Saturday,the training session by Surjit was for one and half hours only,where the players were given specific training for offensive and defensive techniques. “The teams have played four matches each and they are showing signs of improvement,and we want to take this opportunity to teach them the basic techniques – often lacking among promising footballers of the city,” said Surjit.
Meanwhile,Ankit Arora,the event convenor for CFL,shared,”CFL is not just another seven- a-side competition,where kids come to play a tournament and don’t get to learn the art of football. Instead,the league is a healthy way to allow the kids to express themselves – and for our coaches to closely monitor them. The coaches then pick up the development needs of each team and prepare specific training program – following the model which is successfully running at each centre of Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in Delhi and Mumbai.”
The next round of matches would be played on Sunday- 6 am (for Under-12 and Under-14) and at 6pm for U-16 teams. Similar training and matches would be held next week before the finals in the first week of July.