India co-awarded the AFC President Recognition Award for Grassroots

The Indian contingent shared this honour along with Philippines and Tajikistan at the AFC Annual Awards 2014 in Manila...
India were the proud awardees of Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) President Recognition Award for Grassroots at the AFC Annual Awards for the year 2014 held at Manila in Philippines.

This recognition comes as a huge boost to a nation that is considered a developing force in the beautiful game with the grassroots development always a talking point for growth.

The nominations was measured on the basis of points system such as the structure, management and philosophy of the country's grassroot programme.

The President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), Praful Patel was on hand to receive the award along with Philippines and Tajikistan. He then went on to share his thoughts on receiving this encouraging honour from the AFC.

“I am particularly delighted that we got the award for grassroots development programme because in our estimation if India’s football has to develop in the coming years it has to do so on the foundation of the grassroots programme which we have now started."
 
Speaking about the academies that are in the process of coming up and the other work-in-progress he said, “It is very ambitious, India is a large country with a large number of people and we are scouting the very best of talent at the ages of 10-12 years old and we’ve taken these children under our fold into our four regional academies and we’re in the process of creating two more academies. With this programme, I think in a couple of years you will see a large amount of talented young Indian footballers developing.”
 
“We’re very passionate about football and in the years to come I feel the game will not only equal but overtake the massive game of cricket in India," he added.