City student wins Rs 23 lakh scholarship for soccer

Harshal Karle’s tryst with soccer began at the age of eight

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:August 15, 2013 3:09 am

Harshal Karle’s tryst with soccer began at the age of eight. YouTube videos of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo playing the game helped him pick up the nuances of the sport. However,it was a dream come true for Harshal when he learnt that he has won the Rs 23,50,000 Ryan Esprit Soccer Scholarship.

Harshal of St Augustine’s,Nerul,will now be trained by the English Premier League coaches at Brookhouse Academy,UK. The scholarship will cover the expenses of boarding,lodging,coaching and academics.

The First Ryan Esprit Soccer Camp had attracted over 1000 players. Harshal,a striker,won it at the end. He also is the first recipient of such an all-encompassing scholarship.

During his stay in UK,Harshal will be hosted by Brookhouse Academy and guided by Anish Khinda,Chairman,Sports Esprit Academy. In addition to being coached by EPL coaches,he will also attend school. A detailed schedule will be worked out in order to help him learn advanced footballing techniques.

An elated Harshal said,“It is like a dream. I have always watched EPL matches and followed them closely. For the next one year,I will be there learning from the coaches. Wow!”

Asked how he prepared for the selection camp,Harshal said,“I used to watch videos of Brook-house on YouTube and learnt how they work.” He said he also picked up the nuances of the game by watching Gareth Bale’s and Cristiano Ronaldo’s videos.

Speaking on the occasion at Ryan Global School,Mumbai, Ryan Pinto,CEO,Ryan International Group of Institutions,said,“Sports has the same importance as academics at Ryan. Soccer is close to my heart and I desire to do all that is possible (by us) to help deserving students learn from the best in the world. I am sure Harshal will shine in future.”

Anish Khinda,Chairman,Sports Esprit Academy,added,“Our dream of helping students in India experience the best in soccer has come closer to realisation.”

Man steals diamonds worth Rs 85 lakh

Police are on the lookout for an employee of a diamond broker who allegedly stole diamonds worth Rs 85 lakh from a locker at BKC Tuesday morning.

Police said accused Prakash Chaudhary (25) had been employed with complainant Ajit Sheth for the past three years. Around 9 am Tuesday,Chaudhary arrived at the BKC office and opened the locker with the set of keys Sheth had given him. He then stole the diamonds and fled.

The theft was exposed when the manager called Chaudhary on his phone but did not get any response.

When he arrived at his office by 10 am,he found the safe open and the diamonds missing.

CCTV footage from the premises allegedly showed Chaudhary stealing the diamonds.

Youth drowns at Vasai temple

A visit to Tungareshwar temple in Vasai (West) turned into a tragedy for a group of three Tuesday afternoon. According to the Valiv police,Sachin Gupta (20),Priyanka Shetty (16) and Raju Kevat (22),all residents of Bhayander,were bathing in the lake when they started drowning.

Locals alerted the police and the fire brigade.

Following this,Kevat was rescued and Gupta’s body was fished out Wednesday around 1.30 pm. The girl,however,was yet to be traced. Rescue operation was going on till late Wednesday.

“While the group was swimming,it started raining heavily and the water level increased. The three ignored the heavy water flow and continued to swim. Within minutes,they were drawn into deep waters,” said Rajendra Mohite,inspector at Valiv police station.

The three had gone to visit the temple after attending their tuition classes.

While Kevat is currently recuperating,the police have registered an accidental death report in Gupta’s case.

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