Madhya Bharat Sports Club, in partnership with Celtic Soccer Academy, conducted the first trial to spot talent in the under-13, 15 and 18 age groups at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex on Sunday.
After a series of trials in many cities across the country, 72 young footballers will be selected in the three age groups. Three of the best will also get a chance to train with the Celtic Football Club in Glasgow, Scotland, for a month, as part of an exchange programme.
Madhya Bharat Club has signed a six-year deal with Celtic Football Club, for implementing its development model in Bhopal. The Academy has appointed Jose Carlos Hevia as the Technical Director. Hevia had worked with Pune City in the Indian Super League for three years and has also worked with Minerva Club. Some of the juniors he had trained are part of the Indian team for the Under-17 World Cup.
“I firmly believe that there is a lot of potential here. I am sure that we will be able to spot some good talent at these trials. Given the right exposure and grooming, they can be developed into footballers who go on and represent India at higher levels,” said Jose Carlos Hevia.
The Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Madhya Bharat Sports Club, Rishish Dubey said, “We are trying to bring in world class coaching and infrastructure for the young footballers of the country.”
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