ISL conducts Youth Football Workshop for clubs
The ISL Youth Football Workshop for clubs took place in Navi Mumbai on January 18 and 19. The workshop began at 5:30 in the evening on Wednesday. The club representatives watched the current Reliance Foundation Young Champs train at the Fr. Agnel Ground. The Young Champs from the 2005 age group then demonstrated drills to be conducted during the 2017 Grassroots Festivals during their training session.
Dinner was followed by Piet Hubers, the Technical Director of the grassroots programme in the ISL, conducting a meeting with all delegates, explaining the new format of the grassroots festivals. He also elaborated on how to plan the festivals for April 2017, while also focusing on the Young Champs from the 2005 and 2006 age groups.
Thursday saw a presentation conducted at 9 AM by Hubers and Marcus Vaessen, the Head Coach of Reliance Foundation Young Champs. The presentation focused on the progress made by the Young Champs over the years. All ISL teams then went on to present their plans for their respective club’s talent pools as well as academy teams in 2017/18. The session ended with Hubers expanding on the ISL elite youth policy for 2018/2019 and the quality and standards required of the ISL clubs’ youth academies.
The next session commenced at 11 AM with Hubers introducing the Grassroots Implementation Plan for 2016/17 before every club provided an update on the status of implementation from last year. The session ended at 12:30 pm and was followed by lunch.
The penultimate session of the workshop on Thursday began at 2 PM and it focused on how to scout young talent. A practical session on scouting promising youngsters was also exhibited before closing the workshop with the final session at 9:30 PM at Beverly Park.