Bengaluru FC successfully hosted the AFC Grassroots programme in commemoration of the AFC Grassroots Day. While this is the first time the Blues are hosting the grassroots festival, Mumbai FC and Salgaocar FC hosted the same on the 16th May.
The tw0-hour event held at the Bangalore Football Stadium saw 112 children in attendance. Interestingly, the U-19 and U-16 players of the club suited up as managers as they held a series of drills for the lads. In addition, coaches affiliated to the club were also present.
Bengaluru FC: One eye on youth
Among the attendees was Bengaluru FC youth and development coach Richard Hood. Speaking about the event, Mr. Hood said:
“The kids were absolutely brilliant today. By the time we got our third round going, it was hard to tell that they were playing together for the first time. It was equality and team spirit at its very best. The festival was planned keeping in mind simplicity, fun and constant engagement and the response by the young players made it easy for all of us.”
Hood: A big Thank you to the parents
Mr. Hood also added:
“It’s a big credit to the parents and local coaches who took the time out to bring the kids from all parts of the city. Given that they come from different backgrounds and playing ability, it was great to see the smiles, high-fives, goal celebrations and encouragement they shared among themselves.
“Every aspect of why these festivals were conceptualised came to life today thanks to these young players and there is absolutely no doubt that Bengaluru FC will look to conduct them more often.”
So a very nice initiative by BFC. In fact this was summed up best by the father of one of the children present at the Bangalore Football Stadium , who went on to say,
“Somewhere behind the footballer my son has become, it’s the hours of practice of coaches who have pushed him. The experience he gets from moments like these he will remember all his life. It gives us parents joy to see the club going the extra mile to help the kids get closer to their dreams.”