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Soccer startup aims to induce global practices in India

A sports startup, aimed at football, is trying to introduce matured global practices in grooming talent through a business model, in association with corporates in India. The startup, part of Ekalavya Sports and Skill Development, owned by former national football player Kalyan Chaubey, with 21 years of footballing, sold-off his two houses to finance the Rs 12.5 crore mega football academy at Sambalpur, Odhisa. “We are trying to bring in global practices for grooming talent for soccer at Sambalpur. In order to make the project sustainable, we are looking at shaking hands with corporates,” Chaubey told PTI. With advent of Indian Soccer League (ISL) there is a severe crisis for quality players for the game and we have devised a business model for corporates which ranges from branding a football academy to sponsorships of players, he said. According to him, the Sambalpur facility is possibly Indias largest football academy both in terms of area and facilities. The academy can accommodate 90 players in a year. “But we will groom 30 to 40 semi-skilled 19-year-old players engaged in under 19 clubs for free,” Chaubey said. “They would be selected through our internal selection process. We would train them for two years to turn them ISL ready professional players while the rest can get training as per pay and play model,” Chaubey said. “Considering these players command the minimum annual fee as players in ISL, corporates will able to make healthy profit from tranfer fees for sponsoring these free players during the training period besides branding,” Chaubey said. In India, sponsoring players for transfer-fees when they turn professional players, is a new concept, he said. In order to strengthen its technical capabilities, the academy is negotiating with a top global soccer club to sign an agreement. Dialogues are on and in an advanced stage, he said.

Chaubey also said they are also open to offer co-owner rights of the academy and already holding discussion with a few corporate entities in this regard. PTI BSM SBN MM SSC SSC

Sahayatri Football Club beat Sambalpur Football Academy 7-1

Spirited Sahayatri Football Club from Howrah squeezed past Sambalpur Football Academy,Odisha by the huge margin of 7-1 in the 12th Administrator’s Football Tournament on Tuesday. Howrah lads started raiding rivals defence right from the start, but stiff challenge by Sambalpur defenders foiled their early attempts.

Budha Bara of Sahayatri drew first blood and scored in the 29th minute of play through a powerful grounder. He scored two more goals in 90th and 91st minute of play. After conceding early goal, Sambalpur scored the equaliser in the 34th minute. Chandra Mohan Murmu scored the goal for Sambalpur.

Thereafter, it was Sahayatri Club all the way. Anirban Dutta, SK Mukkarram, SK Suraj Ali and Souvik Pal scored one goal each for Sahayatri.

In the second match of the day played at sector-42, DAV Sr. Sec. School Chandigarh beat Gujarat Football Association by 4-0. Rizul Patiyal scored three goals in a row. He struck in 30th, 49th, and 56th minute of play. Fourth goal for DAV was scored by Rajat in 69th minute of play.

In the third match of the day, Dalbir Football Academy, Patiala drubbed Chandigarh Football Association by the huge margin of 6-1. Akashdeep of Dalbir scored the first goal in the 23rd minute of play. Second goal for Dalbir was scored by Gurroop. Sachin of Chandigarh scored the only goal for his team in the 34th minute of play. Jarman Singh scored two goals for Dalbir Football Academy in the 40th and 47th minute.

Thereafter Veerpal Singh struck twice in 81st and 84th minute of play and consolidated the tally. Jagroop Singh and Akashdeep singh of Dalbir Football Academy were cautioned and shown yellow cards for their involvement in Rough Play.
In another encounter, SAIL Mohun Bagan Football Academy trounced JJ.Soccer Academy , Bangalore by 4-1. Mohun Bagan, who lost their first match against Mahilpur Football Academy, adopted cautious approach in the initial minutes of the game. Deep Saha scored three goals for Mohun Bagan in the 20th, 30th and 85th minute of play. Fourth goal was scored by Gurshan Singh Sandhu through a superb header off cross from right flank. Narendra Prashad of JJ,Bangalore was cautioned by the referee and shown yellow card for his involvement in rough play.

In the last match of the day Thou Football Academy, Manipur edged past Madhya Pradesh Football Association by 3-1.

Silent soccer revolution taking place in Sambalpur

Sambalpur Football AcademyTucked away some 15 km from the bustling western Odisha town of Sambalpur a dream has taken shape in the form of the Sambalpur Football Academy (SFA). And the vision has begun to make an impact in the life of youth in the State. The Academy, established on a sprawling 18-acre property very close to the Hirakud Dam , is complete with three full-sized playfields, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, accommodation for nearly 100 boys of different age groups, a dining hall, a well-equipped kitchen, class rooms, a three-storied guest house, swimming pool and a well-stocked store room. Apart from learning the nuances of the game, the boys are given compulsory education in a Government-affiliated school.

Having come into existence on November 22, 2008, the SFA has made a marked difference to soccer in the State. Two of the leading clubs of Cuttack have based their teams on the SFA boys. More are eyeing talent from this academy.

The SFA, an initiative of former minister, player and a soccer lover Jaynarayan Mishra, is run on self-finance and donations. The MLA of the area for the third successive term, Mishra’s project is contributing to the development of tribal welfare. As much as 90 per cent of the boys are tribals of the State. The rest of the trainees are from Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam and even Manipur.
Top-class players

The teaching staff is all from the region which helps the boys and the faculty to interact better. Apart from well-qualified coaches, headed by technical director Sanmoy Basu, the academy has a doctor, a dietician and administrative staff to run the programme smoothly.

“We spend close to Rs 1.5 crore per year on the project. The biggest problem we face is lack of exposure to our boys against better teams. We are planning to send our boys to Kolkata to play in local league,” Mishra says.

After organising a football festival for schools in the area, the academy coaches fan out to other States to choose boys for the academy. At present, there are 25 boys in the under-14 group, 24 in U-16, 20 in U-19 and 20 more senior boys.

Pritam Singh is presently in the National under-17 camp in Goa. Sayed Viju Oasim, Golak Pradhan and Prakash Naik were part of the group of Indian boys trained at Arsenal and A.C. Milan academies. The best boys play for Samaleswari FC, owned by the academy.

“The main objective is to produce top-class players through promotion of the game at the grass-root level. In less than four years we have successfully created the right atmosphere in and around the district and the State,” the chairman of the SFA points out. “We need to tie-up with an I-League side. The rest will fall in place.”