Tata, Atletico Madrid announce tie-up to promote Indian football

The La Liga club will provide a full-time head coach to Tata Football Academy, who will work on the structure and curriculum that is followed in the Atletico de Madrid Academia in Spain.

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As part of the collaboration with Atletico Madrid, Tata Football Academy will now be called as Tata Atletico Football Academia.

The Tata Football Academy (TFA) and the Tata Trusts on Wednesday joined hands with La Liga giant Atletico de Madrid to enhance and strengthen its existing programmes for promoting Indian football.

The objective of the collaboration is to encourage football as a sport at the youth and grassroots level as well as support the Indian national team.

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As part of the collaboration, the TFA will now be called as Tata Atletico Football Academia.

The Spanish club will provide a full-time head coach to TFA, who will work on the structure and curriculum that is followed in the Atletico de Madrid Academia in Spain. Technical experts will also visit TFA to guide and exchange knowledge on the best practices in various areas.

Miguel Angel Gil, owner of Atletico de Madrid said: "For our club is an honour to join Tata Group as a strategic partner in this ambitious football development project.

"Both of us share the vision to build a sustainable future for Indian football. We will work together in an educational programme based in Atletico de Madrid values and focused in giving opportunities for the kids."

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The collaboration with Tata Trusts will also witness a residential programme in Madrid, Spain, for budding Indian talented players in the age group of 12-14 years.

This will be a long-term training programme, where the players will be coached in the Academia along with the other local Spanish cadets.

The programme will begin with a time-period of three years which could be further extended to 6-8 years.

Twenty candidates will go to Spain in batches in three years. All boarding facilities along with formal education in the top schools where the medium of instruction is English will also be provided to the players in the Atletico de Madrid Academy.

A scouting team from Atletico Madrid, supported by coaches from Tata Trusts and TFA, has already selected 10 boys from various parts of the country for the programme.

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