KBFC Young Blasters announces Mario Marinica as Technical Director

KBFC Young Blasters, a Grassroots and Youth development initiative from Kerala Blasters FC that aims to spread quality football across the state is now geared up to take the programme to the next level. With two successful football centres in Kochi, the KBFC Young Blasters has kickstarted its objective. The programme aims to reach out to at least 2,00,000 children in a period of 5 Years across all 14 districts of the state.

To spearhead the programme from the helm and to ensure the right quality, technique and a uniform curriculum across all centres, schools and academies, the club is proud to announce Mario Marinica as the Technical Director of the KBFC Youth Academy and the Young Blasters Programme. With exceptional management skills on and off the pitch , the British-born Mario is a UEFA PRO licenced Football coach, with over 26 years of coaching experience. He was previously the Football Development Consultant of the Mauritius Football Association and has also been the Head Coach of Azam FC, the Tanzanian Football club.

“It is a fantastic feeling to join a club that not just has a great vision but is also full of enthusiasm to implement it. I’m thrilled to have joined Kerala Blasters that stands as a beacon of developing quality football across Kerala. I hope to add on to the playing philosophy of the club with my coaching experience and expertise and can’t wait to start this at the earliest.”, says Mario Marinica.

KBFC Young Blasters will take Mario’s guidance in two aspects: Holistic development of players, which includes Technical, Tactical, Physical and Psychological skills and the overall assessment and growth of coaches under the programme.

“We welcome Mario!  This is a step in the right direction to help realise the Vision of Young Blasters. It is amazing to be able to bring in a coach with such an experience, knowledge and success as Mario. He will oversee the technical direction of the club’s Youth academy and the Young Blasters programme.  We hope Mario will help move the programme forward and change the face of youth football in Kerala.”, says Mohamed Rafik, Director of Football, Kerala Blasters FC.

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