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Last Updated : Dec 08, 2014 09:33 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

ISL's grassroot connect: Young Champs unveiled

The ISL may have kicked off with a view to bring to India not just quality football, but also the glitz and glamour of the world's most followed sport - but the focal point of this advent was development at the grassroots. And it that regard, the ISL has now truly taken off.


The Indian Super League's inaugural season may be nearing its end, but the ISL's focal point of development at the grassroots has turned over a new leaf, as founding chairperson Nita Ambani today unveiled the 'young champs' project in Mumbai.


October 12 was Indian football's date with destiny - the Indian Super League, a first of its kind initiative, kicked off with grandeur at the salt lake stadium in Kolkata. Ever since, it has been a footballing festival like never before for the Indian audiences - fans have been treated to the beautiful game in a manner unimaginable till even a year back.


The ISL may have kicked off with a view to bring to India not just quality football, but also the glitz and glamour of the world's most followed sport - but the focal point of this advent was development at the grassroots. And it that regard, the ISL has now truly taken off.

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Young champs is an initiative designed with a view to tap and nurture young talent in the country, was launched at the Dhirubhai Ambani School in Mumbai. The project, which aims at ultimately providing for the future of the national team, will be starting a scholarship programme come 2015. Also present at the unveiling was Salman Khan - and while the Bollywood star enjoyed kicking the ball around himself, the focus of course remained on the kids.


Thus, a project that holds the potential of reshaping the future of the sport in the country was flagged off. The farce of the 1950 world cup has held Indian football back for decades, but if 'Young Champs' can go in the direction it hopes for - that of building not just a pool of players, but a footballing infrastructure - the global stage may finally beckon for India.



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First Published on Dec 8, 2014 09:33 pm
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