Amid lockdown, Subhash Bhowmick resumes coaching online

Former East Bengal and Churchill Brothers coach Subhash Bhowmick has started online classes for interested coaches across West Bengal.

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Subhash Bhowmick coached East Bengal to successive National league titles and replicated the success with Churchill Brothers.   -  THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Amid the nationwide lockdown, Subhash Bhowmick on Friday is back to what he knows best -- coaching, albeit on an online platform.

The revered Indian football coach, who spearheaded East Bengal’s ASEAN Cup triumph in 2003, was seen training the coaches in a six-session module concluding on Saturday.

“I’ve goosebumps, whenever there’s a talk about football. I can talk hours on football, it’s my passion,” Bhowmick, who coached East Bengal to successive National league titles and replicated the success with Churchill Brothers, told PTI.

“So the idea (of online coaching) really touched me and I thought this is the way forward in this challenging times.”

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Budding coaches from across the districts and the city had applied for the coaching and each class had a strength of 30 participants.

“In our country, most of the coaching camps stress on running, running and running. They are preparing runners. They rarely teaching ball skills. I shared whatever material I had on how to dribble and football passing.”

Bhowmick has already taken five classes so far and is hoping for a continuation.

“I’ve taken five classes already. Tomorrow will be the last class. We will see whether they will continue or not,” the veteran added.

The streaming is being done by XtraTime’s online platform.

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