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The Catalan giants will be the first foreign club to set up its youth development programme in India and will be conducting clinics to identify talent for its FCBEscola Academy

India will have a taste of the FC Barcelona pie as the Catalan club will be setting up its FCBEscola Academy in the country. The club becomes the first foreign club to establish its training centre in India to scout for talented youngsters.

The Spanish club, with the help of Conscient Football, will be organizing FCBEscola clinics at Gurgaon to shortlist potential candidates that would be trained at the Academy in the 'Barca way'. The clinics will be conducted under the supervision of Antonio Claveria, Technical Director of FCBEscola India. The candidates to be reviewed at the clinics are those that were selected from the 6 FCBEscola camps that have taken place across the country.

"We have been conducting FCB Camps in India since December 2011 and have found potential amongst many of the participants. While we have shortlisted potential participants from the earlier camps, the Clinics will give impetus to finalise the students who are going to be part of FCBEscola Academy," Claveria said. He further added, "The clinics will be very focused and intensive. We will be training in the absolute Barca module and the entrants to the academy will be handpicked."

FCBEscola India will host the first of their scouting camps at Chandigarh and Bangalore in December 2012 and January 2013 respectively.



Students at the FCBEscola Academy will be trained the Barca way

"Marketing of football in India is still at its nascent stage. Though the market is pegged around US$410 million, brand and more often than not, people are apprehensive about investing in football. We need to develop infrastructure and create heroes to bring football to a level where parents and their wards both want to be part of the football fraternity." She added: "While the last FIFA World Cup saw a growth of 35% viewership in India and mostly amongst the youth, the coming of under 17 World Cup will boost the potential of football development in the country."

According to FCBEscola India, there exists a close cooperation with The Heritage School in Gurgaon to fulfil academic needs of participants selected for the academy, where by outstation kids will be given preferential admission in the school, and a select few from the economically weaker sections of the society will be provided with full scholarship if selected.

The FCBEscola clinics will be conducted from December 15th 2012 to January 20th 2013 at The IOS Maidan near Shivaji College in Delhi and at The Heritage School Grounds, Gurgaon.

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