In a massive boost for youth development in Indian football a total of 15 Under-14 footballers comprising of six candidates from Mumbai and the rest from Maharashtra have got a chance travel to Germany on a full scholarship for a enormous six-year training program with Bundeliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as part of the U Dream Football Programme.
U Dream Football, backed by UTV honcho Ronnie Screwvala, launched a comprehensive scouting program across India last year to finalise the list of children, who will be enrolled as part of the U Dream Haryana Football Club on their return to India.
The full-scholarship programme was carried in association with Bundesliga. The investigation programme was done across 1,000 schools in over 45 cities to send 17 boys (aged under 14 years) to Zuzenhausen, Germany and get trained at the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim academy.
Who all will travel to Germany?
For their stay in Germany they will be by coaches - former India captain Mahesh Gawli and John Kenneth Raj. Also three CBSE Certified teachers will also go who will keep a guaranteed check on these students that they follow religiously the Indian CBSE Curriculum while in Germany.
What all will ahppen on their Return?
After spending six years in Germany, on returning to India the students will be enrolled at the U Dream Haryana Football Club, which was specifically formed in association with the Haryana Football Association for these students.
The 15 boys to be initially sent are: Pranav Kanse (Kolhapur), Akash Mishra (Lucknow), Pradeep Mannewar (Udaipur), Aniket Varekar (Kolhapur), Shivam Maan (New Delhi), Kumar Rathod (Mumbai), Ayush Adhikari (Noida), Ankit Bhuyan (Bhubaneshwar), Ishant Rana (Mumbai), Raul Lewis (Mumbai), Armaan Kalra (Gurgaon), Delton Colaco, Kimran Fernandes, Wellyster Mendes (Goa) and Manish Malyadri Siddha (Pune).
Planning of U-17 FIFA World Cup
If the views are to be believed under the U Dream Football banner the organizing firm is trying to enhance more and more youth to participate in the sport. Soon they are also planning to host the U-17 FIFA World Cup, and such programs will be of huge benefit to the sporting ecosystem," concluded Ronnie Screwvala, Founder U Sports.