Sporting Clube de Goa set to launch football academy

The Flaming Oranje plan to inaugurate their academy and renovated ground on the 198th birth anniversary of Don Bosco...
Sporting Clube de Goa have announced the inauguration of their football academy and renovated football ground at Don Bosco's, Panaji, on Wednesday.

The Flaming Oranje, who are in their 15th year of foundation, were the first and only Goan side to win the Junior I-League (U-19), besides winning the Taca Goa U-20 competition twice and becoming the champions of Goa in the U-19 category.

Rising from Goa’s 1st Division in 1999 to the top echelons of Indian football in a short span of four years, Sporting has also had a considerable amount of success with the senior squads, winning laurels in the form of Super Cup Champions, twice runners-up of the Federation Cup, runners-up of NFL, also winning the Goa Professional League and the Governors Cup.

All this has encouraged the club to keep striving for a professional set-up in the form of infrastructure and coaching professionals. In its efforts to follow the state of the art practices, Sporting has built the Don Bosco Club House with well equipped dressing rooms of international standards, an administrative area, medical room, conference room and other facilities.

The football academy is the dream project of the club's founder and chairman, Peter Vaz, and is set to be launched along with the inauguration of the renovated football ground on the occasion of the 198th birth anniversary of Don Bosco on 16 August 2013.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Technical Diretor Academies, Scott O’Donnel will launch the academy followed by the inauguration of the renovated football ground at Don Bosco at the hands of Rev. Fr. Ian Figueiredo, who is the provincial of the Panjim province.

The academy for various age groups, namely U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18 and U-20, will have a coaching team built around Spanish coach Javier Fernandez, who will be assisted by coaches Norbert Gonsalves, Ashwin Crasto, Francisco Raposo and Freddy Gomes and will work under the overall supervision and guidance of Sporting’s head coach Oscar Bruzon in order to implement the Sporting Clube de Goa youth development plan.

"With Spain leading the world in football, and with the Spanish influence already present in the form of our head coach Oscar Bruzon, we opted for the Spanish model. Football is now a science, which the Spanish have mastered and we are indeed privileged to have access to that knowledge and its practices, through our two Spanish coaches. We have also ensured that continuity is maintained right through, from the junior level to the senior level," the club stated in its release.

"The Sporting Clube de Goa youth development plan is a quality driven programme, which supports football education as well as regular education with the best of coaches and curriculum which takes care of the players’ medical needs and inculcates the value of fair play on and off the field. It provides a positive and nurturing environment that promotes a passion for the game and help youngsters to develop their soccer ability, with the ultimate goal of creating a pool of ideally trained talented players, who will in the long term play for club and country."

With Peter Vaz at the helm, taking note of the type of basic infrastructure available for the kids, most of which was not up to international standards, embarked on a mission to improve the same. The Don Bosco fraternity enthusiastically supported and cooperated in the mission.

The result is the renovated football ground which is another small step in providing our players from the school/academy level to the first team level, a world-class natural grass all weather playing surface.

The playing surface has been renovated, with the installation of sub-surface slit drainage combined with the laying of perforated pipes. The original mud topping has given way to sand based top layer, which encourages drainage, healthy grass growth and provides a level and cushioned playing surface.

The main football ground and the smaller ground adjacent to it, along with the small pitch for futsal type football will surely motivate potential upcoming players of the club as well as the Don Bosco school and college complex students, who will utilize the facilities to develop their footballing talent.

Friday, 16 August, will also mark the commencement of the club’s 15th year and to commemorate the crystal year, Sporting Clube de Goa has planned various initiatives like organizing grassroots football festivals and various competitions.

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