RFYC aspirants gear up for week-long final selection camp beginning on May 2
The third edition of the Reliance Foundation Young Champs final selection camp is set to get underway in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday. The week-long camp scheduled to take place from May 2 to May 8 will bring together 80 promising prospects scouted during each of Hero ISL’s eight franchises’ Club Scouting Festival for RFYC.
The Club Scouting Festivals which concluded last month witnessed hundreds of enthusiastic youngsters trying to impress onlooking coaches with the hope of making the RFYC final selection camp in Navi Mumbai. All hopefuls were put through drills designed to test their technical skills and positional sense as Piet Hubers, technical director of grassroots development; Mark Vaessen, head coach of the RFYC, and other local coaches from the ISL clubs evaluated the participants.
Of the 80 promising talents set to take part in this year’s RFYC final selection camp, the southerners Kerala and Chennai boast the maximum participants with 13 youngsters each. Kolkata and NorthEast provide 12 and 11 hopefuls respectively, while Mumbai will have 10 representatives, five more than their neighbours Pune. Of the remaining 16 talents, nine of them come from Delhi and seven from Goa.
The youngsters will arrive through the day on Tuesday and undergo registration before kick-starting their training the following day. They will partake in both theory and practical sessions over the course of next five days. The theory session will be sandwiched between the morning and evening practical sessions on each day. It will be conducted in Beverly Park and will look to impart information to players, offer them tactical instructions and show them footage of how players at the highest level ply their trade.
The practical sessions, on the other hand, will take place at Fr. Agnel Ground, where the RFYC aspirants will train twice a day, once in the morning and then in the evening. These sessions will witness the trialists undergo various drills engineered to examine their technical ability. The youngsters will also take part in 4-v-4, 7-v-7 and 11-v-11 tournaments during their time at the camp.
At the end of the final selection camp, a select few will be granted the coveted scholarships, which if accepted offers them the chance to train regularly and further their academic ambitions simultaneously alongside the 41 scholars from the previous two editions.