ATK’s grassroots development programme picks up pace

ATK’s grassroots development programme picks up pace


Winners of the inaugural season of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL), Atlético de Kolkata have been busy of late with numerous recruitment drives for their grassroots development programme. The Season 1 winners and semi-finalists in Hero ISL 2015 are in search of the brightest talents from West Bengal. The age group for this programme is under-14 with players born on January 1, 2002 or after being eligible for selection. The programme was inaugurated at the Salt Lake Stadium on January 16 earlier this month by Mr Subrata Talukdar.

ATK have held two programmes so far. The first program was held at the Salt Lake Stadium on the inauguration day itself and saw participation from 195 players. The second was held on January 22 and saw 75 hopefuls turn up at the Kalyani Stadium.

Participants in Salt Lake came from clubs and organisations like Bidhannagar Municipal Sports Academy, Baghashom Football Club, Friends of the Stadium, Saltlake Cultural Society, Youth Sports Federation, South Dum Dum Municipality Sports Academy, Milan Sangha-Lake Town, Agrabani, East Calcutta Dist Sports Federation, Balaka, Kakurgachi Athletic Association, Md Sporting Club, East Calcutta Dist Sports Council, Sports Authority of India and Mahadev Club-Beliaghata. The activity at Kalyani saw participants from Kalyani Municipality Sports Academy and Gayeshpur Municipality Coaching Center register themselves.

The coaches involved in both the programs were Mr Bastab Roy (“A” License holder), Mr Barun Sengupta (“B” License holder), Mr Archishman Biswas (“B” License holder), Aditya Chatterjee (“B” License holder) and Biswajit Ghoshal (“C” License holder), with Mr Bastab Roy acting as chief coach. The Kalyani leg saw the addition of Kuntala Ghosh Dastidar (“A” License holder) to the aforementioned group of coaches. They were aided by Mr Monojit Das who was working as the Chief Registration Head.

Both venues saw reporting and registration begin from 8:15 am in three different time-tables. The footballing festival began at 10 am at both venues. The Salt Lake leg saw participants being divided into four groups with approximately 60 participants in each group and about 50 minutes of scouting time being given to every group. The Kalyani leg also saw all participants divided into four groups, with approximately 20 participants in each group and 50 minutes of scouting time being devoted to every group.

The programmes were concluded around 2 pm with approximately 500 guardians present in the Salt Lake leg and 200 in the Kalyani one. The final selection list from every coach was handed over to Mr Bastab Roy who will oversee short-listing of the final list.

Upcoming grassroots development programmes in:

Basirhat on 5/2/2016

Ashoknagar on 6/2/2016

For registration and other information get in touch with the below mentioned individuals:

• Rhitam Chatterjee-9674625107

• Ashis Sarkar-9830617584

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