The ISL grassroots programme is a multi-layered strategic initiative aimed at enabling boys and girls between the age group of 6 to 14 across the country to play football as well as develop their skills and talent. The programme endeavours to reach out to a million young footballers in the first few years and expose them to the best practices in global football. The ISL’s grassroots efforts will have multiple components and will be delivered by both the Indian Super League under the direction of Piet Hubers, Grassroots Technical Director, the Clubs and Magic Bus, Yuwa and Slum Soccer. Overall, the ISL’s grassroots effort is aimed at being the harbinger of a youth football revolution in India.
In the first phase, the ISL Clubs’ grassroots initiatives will aim to reach out to 500,000 children through in-school and maidan initiatives, beginning in early 2015. The Clubs' outreach programmes will focus on introduction of children to football as well as training and talent-scouting through a series of selection modules across the country. As part of the overall initiative the League will also distribute 100,000 footballs with a specific focus on towns and villages across the country.
- To enable and encourage children across the country to participate and play football;
- To cultivate interest in football and augment participation levels amongst the youth;
- To increase awareness about the essentials of children's health and nutrition
ISL Grassroots Technical Director
Having spent over 30 years in the grassroots and youth development sector in various capacities in Europe with UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) and KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association). Dutchman, Piet Hubers is entrusted with the responsibility of leading the programme and ensuring that his strategic outlook combined with concerted efforts from the Clubs will bear rich dividends in the long run. Hubers will lead the League’s grassroots and scouting initiatives apart from guiding the ISL Clubs in strategy and execution of their respective grassroots programmes.