There is new trend we have come to observe that more and more internationally renowned clubs are approaching for India. They are coming as the number of football enthusiasts are raising day by day and thus an untapped market is expending which is good for business. Not only business, the nation of more than a billion people has many skillful player across the country and the potential of them yet to be realized. That is why the European giant, Manchester United want to setup a football academy in India.
Manchester United Academy In India – A Ray Of Hope for Indian Football
Legendary English club Manchester United is going to cherish young talents in India. MUFC and YFI (Youth Football International) in association with Apollo Tyres who launched a scholarship called ‘go the distance’ in India on Monday. This scholarship will be under the name of Manchester United Soccer School. Their goal is to pick out Indian talents from the grassroots layer.
Mikael Silvestre, former MUFC player, launched the programme in New Delhi on Monday. Chief marketing officer, Marco Paracciani and president of Apollo Tyres Asian pacific, middle east and Africa region, Satish Sharma and United’s director of communication and deputy chairman of Manchester United foundation, Phil Townsend accompanied Silvestre in the launching programme.
The week-long scholarship programme started on Monday will continue till Friday. Two muss coaches along with Silvestre show some training methods to the students. After that based on skills, they will choose 6 of them from the 192 applicants, one each from Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 age groups. Those six will be offered one year scholarship at the YFI in New Delhi. One among the final six will have the chance to attend a week-long training programme in the UK.
Silvestre said that:
“Football is growing in India and Apollo and United will help them in future. The winner will be present at the old Trafford for Arsenal’s game on Sunday. I have played for both the clubs but Manchester united will be in my heart”
It is still a distant dream for Indian football but the Indian football fanatics are keeping hope to watch their nation to play in the FIFA world cup and only the youngsters who taking up the sports can make the dream come true someday.