GFDC’s 2nd Football Development Centre inaugurated at Sulcorna
The Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Francis D’Souza expressed great satisfaction in the work undertaken by the GFDC for the development of football in Goa while inaugurating the second Football Development Centre at Don Bosco Farm High School, Sulcorna on Wednesday.
Mr D’Souza said that the talent in the most tribal area of Goa was of extremely high caliber and the physical fitness of the students from the Sanguem taluka is commendable. “What is needed is to fine tune the skills of the players to take them from rural to international standards,” Mr D’Souza observed.
Having scored a goal against Mr Brahmanand in the penalty-kick as part of the inauguration programme after the lighting of the traditional lamp, Mr D’Souza said that every single boy and girl needs to keep away from the vices like smoking, chewing of tobacco, consuming alcohol etc in order to excel and have a commitment for the sport, pointing to Arjuna awardee Brahmanand Shankwalkar who was present for the inauguration. He congratulated the GFDC for identifying the Salesians who are pioneers in the all round development of students throughout Goa to choose Don Bosco Farm High School, Sulcorna as their second centre.
Mr Subhash Phaldessai, the local MLA from Sanguem, expressed great enthusiasm that the GFDC had initiated the development programme of football in his constituency which covers almost 1/6th of the area of Goa with maximum tribal population having great potential for sport. He also confirmed that he would always support all the programmes undertaken by the GFDC to promote the game of football which was sadly missing at his time as a kid.
Dr Rufino Monteiro, Chairman GFDC, in his address spoke about the visit of the Russian Lesgaft University delegation to Sulcorna in September last and as the Russians also felt that the Sulcorna boys were the best they had seen and GFDC was also interested in the setting up of the football development centre at a tribal area, Sulcorna was the ideal site. He exhorted the boys to use the facilities provided and realise the Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar’s dream of having at least 50% of the Indian football team comprising of star Goan players.
Mr Bishut Themudo, GFA executive member, while speaking on the occasion was very happy that this area was chosen for football development as the children here were of tough fabric unlike their city-based counterparts who he described as artificial as they feasted on fast foods and aerated drinks. Mr Elvis Gomes, Member Secretary GFDC welcomed the gathering and Fr Edwin Baracho, Rector and Principal of Don Bosco Farm High School, Sulcorna proposed the vote of thanks. [NT]