City Kids Come Together For Day Of Football And Fun
Bengaluru FC celebrated the AFC Grassroots Day with various events on the 6th, 13th and 14th of May at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru. The three-day event saw budding coaches, children from around the city and the club’s fans receive guidance on teaching as well as playing the beautiful game.
Bengaluru FC U18s coach John Kenneth Raj addressed a group of the club’s Soccer Schools coaches, as well as other youth coaches from the city on the best methods and practices to spot and hone talent. With close to 25 coaches participating, the event threw light on a few much needed pointers for nurturing budding football players in Bengaluru.
The AFC Grassroots day on the 13th invited close to 150 children from the BFC Soccer Schools as well as local communities in the city. The field was divided into three parts as per age groups and further divided into four stations. Each station had a coach guiding children on the basics of football, namely passing, shooting and dribbling. Each batch was then allowed to play a five-a-side game where they would put each of the practiced skill to the test.
With a big number of parents in the stands cheering the kids on, a surprise banner was unfurled as a celebration for Mother’s Day that spread a smile on both parent and child’s face. The day ended with a small talk by the club nutritionist, Shona Prabhu who gave the kids as well as their parents interesting insights on the type of food budding athletes should eat to obtain the right physique.
“This was my first Grassroots Day experience. It was great to see so many children on the field, learning from the coaches as well as each other. My son enjoyed it a lot and it was great for us to see kids from other branches as well as kids who don’t attend Soccer Schools come together and play the sport,” said Nidhi Ranjan, mother of Akshar Ranjan, a Summer Camp student at the Sherwood High School Branch.
On the final day, the club organised BFC Day Out, a program dedicated to the fans. A five-a-side football tournament saw Blues faithful of different age groups, Soccer Schools’ parents and students of Soccer School play shoulder to shoulder. The teams that made it to the semi-finals were coached by Bengaluru FC first teamers Shankar Sampingiraj, Beikhokhei Beingaichho and Lalchhuanmawia.
The event concluded with the Blind Football teams of Kerala and Karnataka playing a demo game, in a bid to spread awareness about Blind football teams in India.