JK gets first professional football academy

JK gets first professional football academy

90 players to be trained by professional coaches
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday got its first ever professional football academy where 90 players would be trained by professional coaches this year.
The academy which was thrown by sports minister Imran Raza Ansari would be headed by leading footballer Mehrajuddin Wadoo.
He said the academy would initially select 90 players (30 each in three different age groups-Under 13, Under-15 and Under-18), who would be trained in morning and evening sessions.
“The players will be given training on modern lines not only be me but by other professional coaches. The academy will provide an opportunity to the young talent to polish their skills and talent,” he said.
According to him, the players from the academy would participate in tournaments approved by All India Football Federation. He said the academy’s team would participate in the I-league football tournament and the sports council will sponsor it.
He said that any player possessing extraordinary talent would be provided opportunity to play for reputed clubs of India.
On the occasion Imran said, “I am happy today to dedicate this football academy to youth as it was the long pending demand of the people associated with the sport.”
“Everyone knows whenever we provide the opportunity to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir in the field of his interest he has excelled,” he said.
The Mehbooba Mufti led government’s thrust is on “youth development” and sports are on the top, he said.
Without naming anyone, Imran took a dig saying, “We want to see smiles on the face of youth but there are elements who want to snatch smiles from the faces of youth.”
He announced that amount of rupees two crore meant for football will be provided to the academy.
Secretary sports council Waheed-Ur-Rehman Parra said that the academy would nurture talent of young players.
He said that sports infrastructure is being built in the state.
Sports minister also felicitated both current and yesteryear football players who had performed well and brought laurels to the state at state as well as national level.