Youth Development key as Baby Blues grab silverware again
Wednesday, 7th April 2021  |  BFC Soccer Schools

Several BFC Soccer Schools Graduates In Action As U10s Emerge Victorious At Boca Shlok Championship

Bengaluru FC Soccer Schools players were in the thick of the action at the Boca Shlok Championship over the weekend, where the Bengaluru FC U10 Academy picked up their third trophy of the season. Following up on victories at the Diego Maradona Cup and the KSFA Youth Premier League, Govardhan Gowda’s team defeated BCFC 8-5 in the final, held at the Shlok International School, on Sunday. Meanwhile, the club’s U12 side finished runners up behind hosts Boca Juniors Football Schools, going down 2-1 in their final group game.

“We’re really glad to see our little ones performing so well, and so consistently over the course of these tournaments. The credit goes to the hard work of our players, the coaches, the management and of course, the parents, whose efforts behind the scenes to bring these players to training and to the games is unbelievable. Despite a long period of not being able to train outdoors, the parents have ensured that their children remained fit and active, and enough cannot be said about that,” said Head of Youth Development, Naushad Moosa.

Four players in the Blues’ U10 squad were born in 2010, four more in 2011 and two each from 2012 and 2013. Youngster Jordan Mobin Paul was among the graduates from the club’s U8 team, and went on to score in the Baby Blues’ campaign.

“Winning the Boca Shlok Championship was an important step in the development of our Baby Blues. We had promoted some of our U8 boys for this tournament and the quality of football we displayed was very impressive. This win definitely strengthens our belief in bringing our players up the BFC way and a huge credit goes to the staff who have been working relentlessly this season despite of the pandemic. We are confident that this batch will keep improving and building up on the laurels we have achieved this season,” said Suhel Nair, the Technical Head of Grassroots and BFC Soccer Schools.

In addition to our Academy teams, two of our BFC Soccer Schools Elite batches were also in attendance at the competition, in a bid to gain valuable competitive action. Players from our Academy teams were mixed with the Elite sides to add to their experience. “The idea behind mixing players was to give game time to all the players, and also an opportunity for both sets of players to integrate and understand each other and their capabilities. The process is to try and get our Elite team players to make the cut at the Academy. By playing together, it surely helps both set of players to push each other and improve and also creates an understanding with each other,” added Nair.

The Blues’ age-group teams are due to begin their Double Pass Development League campaign next, where they are the defending champions in the U11 age group.