Press Releases2015Apr 17, 2015
Mumbai FC form under-15 team and induct the players and parents at Indian Football School - Cooperage!
Mumbai FC held an induction ceremony on 15th April, 2015 at Indian Football School Hall, Cooperage for the final selection of 33 under-15 players and their parents/guardians. Kundan Chandra - Head of Youth Development and Mumbai's Team Manager, Henry Picardo took up the responsibility to guide the players and their parents at the ceremony.
643 players had registered for the under-15 Youth Programme & Trials in November & December and it took over 4 months of non-stop effort from the Mumbai FC under-15 coach, Sushant Pawar and Mr. Kundan Chandra to get to the final selection of players to form the team.
Henry Picardo was delighted to have the team ready and specified the objectives and the importance of having an under-15 team. "It's important for clubs to have a good group of young and budding players. The biggest aim of having youth teams is to help the players blend into the Club's philosophy and have them play in the senior team in the future. This is the best way to keep the club sustainable. Also, with the AIFF having plans of starting an Under-15 I-League from this year it gives the players an even bigger opportunity as they will get a chance to perform at the big stage."
Kundan Chandra added, "Another opportunity that exists for these bunch of players is the under-17 World Cup that's going to take place in India in 2017. Each player must aim to get into the team that plays for the India under-17 team at the World Cup. We will be training the players according to a curriculum prepared by us which will help them proceed forward and make them better footballers."
Indian Football School (IFS) is the Youth Development Partner of Mumbai FC and the under-15 team will be using the infrastructure IFS - Cooperage for training. "IFS has one of the best football infrastructure and facilities in the country. We are happy to have them on board as our Youth Development partner." said Henry Picardo.