In Community, Game, Grassroots

FC Goa in association with Forca Goa Foundation launched its inaugural Soccer School program with two special summer camps earlier this month. The camps, which kicked off on the 20th of April and will last a month, are being held at two locations, Sangolda Panchayat Ground in North Goa and Raia Sports Ground in South Goa.


Over the course of the last ISL season, FC Goa excited football fans all over the country with its unique brand of attacking and possession based football. With the launch of the Soccer School program, FC Goa is reiterating its strong desire and vision to make Goa a hub for football and to train young children in the style and values that the club follows.


In this regard, Derrick Pereira, Assistant coach to the First Team, designed a special training program for the summer camp. The training sessions are conducted by AIFF certified coaches from the Forca Goa Foundation, who have been involved with football grassroots development in Goa for the last three years.


The training sessions focuses on developing the technical skills of children while ensuring they enjoy the game. Shooting, passing, dribbling and the finer nuances of defending all have a part in the program while one session a week is reserved exclusively for match days, where kids can put their learnings into practice.

The camp also had special sessions conducted by first team star players like Brandon Fernandes, Mohammad Ali and Serition Fernandes. The players took great care to exhibit the do’s and don’ts on the field, allowing children to watch, learn and develop their skills. Having young local homegrown hero’s come and take part in training inspires and motivates children to dream big and work hard towards it.


The summer camps have participation from girls and boys between the ages of 7 to 14. in addition to training drills, nutritional workshops are conducted weekly so that children may know the value of eating right.


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