RFYC prospects undergo intense training as camp builds momentum

The young prospects of the fourth edition of the Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) final selection camp got their first taste of action on Thursday evening at the Reliance Corporate Park in Navi Mumbai. After a brief introductory session on the programme in the morning at Beverly Park, the children took to the pitch at 5 PM in the evening.

The evening session kicked off with a few warm-up drills for the participants before they were spilt up into batches of eight for a 4v4 tournament. The coaches, who were present at the ground, took this opportunity to assess the quality of the prospects on show. Post this, we caught up with Technical Director Piet Hubers and Coach Jose Barreto to learn more about the programme.

Hubers spoke about the importance of selecting the right players for the academy. “At the moment, we are thinking about a new policy plan for the young kids. What’s very important is that we keep selecting players based on our vision and develop them for many years.”

RFYC coach Barreto seemed impressed with the players that turned up for this edition’s camp: “It has been very good. A lot of talent is there. We are always very happy with the selections and the kind of players coming to Mumbai.”

The Mohun Bagan legend was also quick to point out the most important quality he looks for in a budding footballer. “It is very important for the player to have the natural desire to play. He has to have the desire to win every ball.”

On Friday, the players gathered on to the pitch in the early hours of the morning to participate in a few training sessions which included dribbling, tackling, ball control, and 3v3 games before heading back to Beverly Park for breakfast. Head Coach of RFYC Marcus Vaessen also conducted an informative session for the batch on the importance of football skills in the afternoon at Beverly Park.

The day’s proceedings ended with the participants back on the pitch, where they were divided into four groups for a 7v7 tournament.

Before signing off for the day, Vaessen spoke about his job of structuring the training sessions to help the players understand the learning process. “We try and give structures to the sessions so that the kids can understand it. After that, we do an orientation phase and then we have a learning phase where the boys experience playing with others. At the end we have an application phase where the boys can show what they learned in a 4v4 or 7v7 game.”

To catch a glimpse of all the action from the ongoing RFYC camp, click here for photos.

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