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  Odisha FC launches grassroots development program
BHUBANESWAR,18 Nov 2019 (Team Orisports)

With an aim of developing football from the grassroots in the state, ISL club Odisha FC officially inaugurated its grassroots football development program at Sai International School in Bhubaneswar. This was announced in a press release by Odisha FC Media Manager Chiranjibi Pati.

Football Sports Development Ltd (FSDL) CEO Martin Bain, Secretary of Sports and Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha Vishal Dev and Founder of Sai International School Bijay Kumar Sahoo graced the kickoff meeting as the chief guests.

Odisha FC owner Rohan Sharma, CEO Ashish Shah, Head Coach Josep Gombau, Assistant Coach Thangboi Shingto and Head of Football Development Aakash Narula were also present at the meeting.

Representatives, which include principals and physical education teachers, from 100 schools from all across the state attended the ceremony. Sai International School was also announced as the Grassroots Partner of Odisha FC for next five years.

Odisha FC CEO Shah said, "Our aim is to make football the No 1 sport in the state and the state of Odisha the No 1 football state of India. The idea is over time, we will interact with each and every school in the state to spot talent in Odisha.”

Expressing his delight over the start of the program, Vishal Dev said, "The last three years of the journey in making Odisha the sports capital of the country have been extremely exciting. We have a club of our own and we are a part of the ISL network. The idea is to strengthen the eco system of the state. The grassroots development program as an area presents to us an opportunity to ensure that kids from the state, who have the potential, can do well.”

As a part of its grassroots program, the club will organize Football Festivals, Street Cups, Coach Education Program in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and other parts of the state so that the coaches instruct the players in a proper way and develop them into good footballers in the future.

Baby Leagues in various age groups will also be organised along with the tournaments for the girls as well. The renowned Aspire Academy from Qatar is the technical partner of the club and the young players will be given an opportunity to train there as well just like the previous and current batches training at the academy.



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