ATK to kick-start Club Scouting Festivals for RFYC

The second edition of the Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) programme’s club scouting festivals begins in Kolkata on March 31. The festivals then move to Mumbai on April 1, Pune and Chennai on April 2, Delhi and Guwahati on April 3 and Thrissur and Goa on April 4.

As many as 120 hopefuls previously scouted by Hero Indian Super League clubs during their own grassroots activities will take part in each club scouting festival with the objective of finding the best young talents. The chosen individuals will then be put through another round of selections at the RFYC Final Selection Camp.

Piet Hubers, Technical Director of the grassroots development programme for the ISL, in consultation with Mark Vaessen, Head Coach of the Reliance Foundation Young Champs programme, and other grassroots coaches will be in charge of picking the best youngsters from all over the country in the RFYC Final Selection Camp. They will be evaluating the youngsters on the basis of their playing position, passing ability, shooting accuracy, ball control and technique. The total number of players selected from every club festival is based entirely on merit and hence the final number of children to be chosen is not defined.

After the best talents are flown into Mumbai for the RFYC Final Selection Camp, Hubers in conjunction with Vaessen will put the gifted youngsters through more demanding rounds of training to test not just their technical abilities but also their endurance. The RFYC scholarship this year will be awarded to 17 worthy scholars, who will join the current group of 23 Young Champs from last year. The prestigious scholarship, awarded to the selected few, offers the youngsters an opportunity to train regularly while also furthering their academic ambitions simultaneously.

 Date City Venue Time
 31-03-2016   Kolkata  Bidhannagar Municipality Ground, Bidhannagar  10:00 AM  
 01-04-2016  Mumbai  Fr. Agnel Multipurpose School, Vashi  4:00 PM
 02-04-2016  Pune  St. Vincent's School, Camp  10:00 AM
 02-04-2016  Chennai  JLNS, Periyamet  9:30 AM
 03-04-2016  Delhi  New Wellington Camp Ground, Chanakyapuri  9:00 AM
 03-04-2016  Guwahati  Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (Practice pitch), Sarusajai  9:00 AM
 04-04-2016  Thrissur  Corporation Stadium, Chembukkav  3:00 PM
 04-04-2016  Goa  Navelim Football Pitch, Navelim  8:00 AM

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