ISL and Nita Ambani led RF Come Together to Recruit Young Footballers in India

The Indian Super League (ISL) has changed the way of Indian football. Grassroots initiatives of ISL have scouted players for Reliance Foundation Young Champs.

ISL helping Indian football to grow

The first three seasons of the ISL has made football popular in India. The league has appointed 21 coaches in a span of three years. Among these, Materazzi from Chennaiyin FC and Zico from FC Goa are the ones who have had the longest tenure of three years. These coaches have been instrumental in molding the football styles of Indian players to match with that played on the international level. The ultimate dream of ISL is to produce homegrown talent.

Nita Ambani at an ISL event
Nita Ambani at the inauguration of ISL in 2014

Grassroots initiatives of Indian Super League

The grassroots program was launched in December, 2014 by Nita Ambani, the founder and chairperson of Football Sports Development Limited. The grassroots program of the ISL is a multi-layered strategic initiative that aims at enabling girls and boys to play football and develop their skills and talent across the country.  The initiative is for children in the age group of 6 and 14 years. The program aims at reaching out to millions of young footballers in the first few years and to give them an exposure to the best practices in international football.

The efforts of the ISL grassroots will have multiple components and it will be delivered by the ISL and NGOs like the clubs and Magic Bus as well as Yuwa and Slum Soccer. This is under the direction of the Grassroots Technical Director, Piet Hubers. The ISL aims at trying to be the harbinger of the revolution of youth football.

Initiative of the Indian Super League

The first phase of the grassroots initiative has an aim of reaching out to 500,000 children through maiden initiatives and in-school.  The outreach program of the club will focus on the introduction of children to football. It will also involve training and talent-scouting with a series of selection modules across the nation. The initiative also involves the distribution of 100,000 footballs by the league with a focus on villages and towns across the nation.

Reliance Foundation Young Champs

The Reliance Foundation Young Champs program is a platform to develop and grow. It was launched in 2015 and it aims at spotting the football talent of children between the ages of 10 to 14 years in India. The Indian Super League scouts these players for this program as its grassroots initiative.

Young Champs by Nita Ambani led Reliance Foundation is a unique full-time scholarship-based residential football and education program, which runs in Navi Mumbai. The children study at the Reliance Foundation School and live at Beverly Park, a state-of-the-art guest house owned by the foundation. The program aims at providing world-class facilities and best-in-class training to the young football talents of the nation. The Young Champs program has so far given out 48 scholarships.

This program is an integral part of the ISL’s commitment to nurturing football at the elite youth level and grassroots level. The Indian Super League also ensures the full life potential of young talent.

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