Chennaiyin FC holds final leg of grassroot programme

The programme was conducted by Chennaiyin FC technical director of grassroots and first team assistant coach Syed Sabir Pasha along with several other coaches and volunteers, under the supervision of Reliance Foundation Young Champs head coach Marcus Michael Vaessen and assistant coach Jose Ramirez Barreto at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday morning.

As a part of that selection procedure, Chennaiyin FC scouted kids born in 2004 and 2005 in various parts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur, Sivagangai, Erode, Coimbatore, Salem and Tirupur.

Chennaiyin FC conducted a scouting programme for the final selection of kids from Tamil Nadu for the Reliance Foundation Young Champs.

The programme was conducted by Chennaiyin FC technical director of grassroots and first team assistant coach Syed Sabir Pasha along with several other coaches and volunteers, under the supervision of Reliance Foundation Young Champs head coach Marcus Michael Vaessen and assistant coach Jose Ramirez Barreto at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday morning.

Vaessen and his staff will be selecting the best kids from the grassroots programme of each of the eight Hero Indian Super League franchises. As a part of that selection procedure, Chennaiyin FC scouted kids born in 2004 and 2005 in various parts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur, Sivagangai, Erode, Coimbatore, Salem and Tirupur.

Saturday was the final leg of the selection process with 68 kids born in 2004 and 45 kids born in 2005 participating while two goalkeepers born in 2002 also attended the event.

Once Vaessen and his team of coaches, under the supervision of ISL technical director of grassroots Piet Hubers, complete attending the final selections of all eight Hero Indian Super League franchises, the final list from Tamil Nadu will be announced.

Sabir, who hails from Tamil Nadu and is a former India international, was happy with the effort put in by all coaches, volunteers and of course the young talents of the state.

“We will have to wait and see how many of our boys get selected for the Reliance Foundation Young Champs but I feel everybody involved with our grassroots programme has worked very hard to make sure we scout the best talent and give them the best training possible. There has never been a dearth of talent in the state and Chennaiyin FC and ISL now provides a great platform and more importantly a serious career option for all budding footballers. It can only encourage the kids and parents further,” Sabir stated.

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