In first of its kind Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC) is going to open a football academy in North Kashmir to expand its activities for the development of football at grass root level outside Srinagar, RKFC official said Thursday.
With an aim to further the development of football at the grass-root level, Real Kashmir FC will be soon starting its first football academy outside Srinagar in North Kashmir.
“To facilitate the development of football at the grassroots, Real Kashmir FC will soon start the first of its football academies outside Srinagar in North Kashmir,” an official said.
RKFC’s coaches will lead young players from North Kashmir in talent hunting as part of the club’s program for the first time. In the academy, young children under the age of 13 and teenagers under the age of 15 will be divided into two categories.
Getting to the grassroots level and spreading positivity is the key objective behind the program, according to club Chairman, Sandeep Chattoo.
“The club from Srinagar has brought so much positivity to J&K, and I believe taking it to different parts of the interior of Kashmir will also help make these places more accessible and share the same positive feelings that football brings. Overall, it has been a fantastic experience,” he said.
RKFC has decided to set up a comprehensive academy in the North zone so that it can reach out to youth from different parts of Kashmir.
As per officials of the RKFC, the Pattan area in North Kashmir will be the first location of the academy, which will then extend to every area in North as well as South Kashmir.
“Owing to Covid-19 pandemic RKFC’s talent hunt program had been at a standstill but now it’s up again to nurture the aspiring footballers of the valley,” he said.
As part of the development of the local game, RKFC has also enlisted local coaches.
“Players under the age of 13 and 15 years are being tested on the playing field of the Government Degree College on Sunday,” an official added.