Top football clubs from around the world are making inroads into Gurgaon schools, establishing football academies, providing world class training facilities to these students. Scottish High International School is one such school, which has tied up with one of the biggest clubs in Europe, Arsenal Football Club and in due process, it is the students who are getting a chance to learn new skills from the certified coaches. A company by the name of India on Track has tied up with Arsenal to start academies in India.
Louis, who trains the students is one of the listed UEFA 'A' certified coaches and the head coach for the academy. Another foreign coach, Michael also overlooks the training, while the coach of Scottish High School, Deepak is also involved in the academy's in the academy.
The academy, which started three months ago comprises of more than 100 students, as of now, who are eager to improve upon their football skills. The coaches turn up four days a week – Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The students need to pay INR 8,500 on a quarterly basis for two days, INR 11,500 for three days a week and INR 14,500 for four days a week.
''It depends on the students as to when they want to come. They choose accordingly. It depends on their convenience and when they are free as well,'' added Deepak. ''Parents who feel that their son has some good potential in football, they send them.''
There has been a mixed response from the parents about the training that their sons are receiving from these foreign coaches, with some parents very excited and happy with the progress, while some are disappointed with the outcome. But, there is major share of parents who are happy. Obviously, there are high expectations from the parents as well, for the school has been a major force in football in school competitions, where they have won many trophies.
Deepak said, ''The grassroots football of our school has achieved great things in football. We even won the Youth Champions League in Goa.''
Such kind of academies sprouting in schools is a positive thing for Indian football. If everything goes well, it is these students, who could bring laurels to the nation with their talent on the football pitch.
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