There are many that aim and dream high, but only a handful that work and go all the way. Agasthya Utkarsh, a 7-year-old Bangalorean took to the beautiful game at a very early age and in less than a year he finds himself part of the Bengaluru FC U-11 Academy side.

With a football crazy brother at home, the youngster developed an interest in the game when he was just ten-months-old. Having joined the first batch of BFC Soccer Schools at Hennur, the young striker was a quick learner and soon caught the eye of the coaches. Under the watchful eyes of Coach Jeevan Jayaraj, who noticed a spark in the young player, Agasthya was closely watched and mentored into establishing his basics.

He was then handed over to Coach Naveen, who moulded and pushed him to take part in the U-11 academy trials. With his basics intact and a flair for skills, Agasthya proved his worth on the pitch and was picked to be included in the youth academy side over close to 150 others.

“Agasthya is a player with high work rate, and a never-say-die attitude. For a boy his age, he is more than able to trap and control the ball as well as pick and choose the right passes when he is in a tough situation on the field. He is also a leader and has a positive influence on the kids around him,” said his Soccer Schools coach Jeevan.

Competing and playing with some of the best kids below the age of eleven in the city, Agasthya practices in an intense environment that will allow his abilities to grow in leaps and bounds under the tutelage of Coach Louis Nickson.

“The Soccer Schools have done a very good job, the coaches are very professional and approachable. When we give suggestions as parents they are more than open to changes and always ensure the child’s interest are given the utmost importance,” said his proud mother.

With a syllabus prescribed by the Head of Youth and Development, John Kila, the young lad can strive to grow into a complete player who could go on to represent the club and nation one day.