Five young footballers,to be spotted after a camp involving over 45,000 aspirants from 700 schools across 120 cities in India,are set to be rewarded with berths in the annual international football camp,to be held in Munich in August.
The June-July third annual junior football camp to spot top teenaged talents is being conducted by Bajaj Allianz in association with its official partner – FC Bayern Munich,a media release said today.
The camp in Munich gives teenagers from across the world between the ages of 14-16 years the opportunity to meet and train with the top German club’s coaches on its official training ground.
On their return,the five youngsters would receive training scholarships under the Youth Development Programme of Kolkata club Mohun Bagan.
In addition to this,promising players will be rewarded with cash prizes,worth a total of Rs 7.20 lakh across the selection process,which is being conducted in Mumbai for the first time this year.
They would also get a chance to attend a match at Allianz Arena football stadium and meet football stars from Bayern like Thomas Mueller,Bastian Schweinsteiger and others,the release added.
The talent hunt,to target 2,500 students across 50 top schools here,would also be held in Pune,Delhi,Chandigarh,Hyderabad,Bangalore,Kerala,Kolkata and the North East.
I-League outfit Air India’s head coach Santosh Kashyap,an ‘A’ Licensed Coach of the Asian Football Confederation,is of the opinion that the initiative offers budding football talents in the state a chance to hone their skills.
“I had heard about this activity from other cities previously and it gives me great pride to be a part of this initiative in Mumbai. This is a unique platform to expose budding football talent in the state of Maharashtra and give them an opportunity to nurture their skills amidst the best in the world,” said Kashyap.
Wilfred Synrem and Aakash Dave from Kolkata,Adarsh Tamang from Darjeeling and Avrhishto Fernandes from Goa were the ones picked for the camp held last year in Munich. The first three are currently part of the Mohun Bagan Youth Development Programme.
In the last two years,ten budding footballers from across the country have had the opportunity to interact and train with coaches from Bayern Munich,the release added.
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