GFDC to set up its first coaching centre at Valpoi

 

 The Goa Football Development Council (GFDC), desirous of introducing grassroots football in various centres and places considered as backward in the game, will open its first coaching centre at Valpoi on Monday December 10,
 
and it will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar, who was responsible in bringing the GFDC into existence and one who declared football as the Official State Sport of Goa.
This was announced by GFDC Chairman, Dr Rufino Monteiro during a press briefing held at the GFDC office at Patto, on Friday. SAG Executive Director and GFDC member secretary, Mr Elvis Gomes was also present during the briefing.
“So far 250 children, in the age-group of 7-14 years, have enrolled themselves for the coaching sessions, which will be conducted throughout the year except during examinations,” Dr Monteiro said.
“We have also appointed six coaches from in and around Valpoi purely on contract basis and they will train the children on four different grounds that we have undertaken in Valpoi,” he said further.
“The training will be held in two sessions— children in the age group of 7-10 will be trained in the morning, while the evening sessions will be held for the children in the age group of 10-14 from 3 pm to 5 pm.”
When asked the main aim behind choosing Valpoi as its first coaching centre, Dr Monteiro replied, “In Goa most of the urban areas are provided with adequate infrastructure and other playing facilities. And also that most of the Goan clubs are city based, they get to train their players using these facilities.
“But that’s not the case with interior parts of Goa, which are highly neglected as far as proper  infrastructure and other playing conditions are concerned,” Dr Monteiro rued.
“As for Valpoi, we have spotted enormous talent among the children when we visited there with the Russian delegation who had come down to Goa some months back. There has been tremendous interest among the children in Valpoi who want to excel in the sport provided they get proper training and adequate facilities. Moreover, the parents are also encouraging their wards to take up the sport, and this very demand has driven us to start our first coaching centre at Valpoi,” Dr Monteiro said.
Mr Elvis Gomes also spoke during the briefing.
Meanwhile GFDC, in its bid to further impart advance knowledge of sports medicine, which is a vital aspect of the sport of football, will organise a Sports Medicine Seminar on Sunday, December 9 at the Vivanta by Taj, Panaji from 9 am to 6 pm.
Among the prominent speakers for the programme is Dr Vece Paes, a doctor of Goan origin, former Olympian and father of tennis star Leander Paes who would speak on ‘Long term development of the Athlete (Footballer)/Role of deliberate practice in attaining expertise in the sport’ along with other leading doctors such as Dr Ashok Ahuja, Dr Venkata Ramana, Dr Sanjeev Sahni, Dr Ashish Phulkar and Dr Sheel Sheth, who are all considered as leading authorities on Sports Medicine.
Dr Deep Bhandare, Dr Mahendra Kudchadkar leading doctors from Goa shall also be part of the seminar.
The programme will be attended by football coaches /trainers, football administrators/managers, physiotherapists and nutritionists of football teams, former and current players, directors of physical education, students of physical education and referees. The Goa Football Development Council (GFDC), desirous of introducing grassroots football in various centres and places considered as backward in the game, will open its first coaching centre at Valpoi on Monday December 10,
 
and it will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar, who was responsible in bringing the GFDC into existence and one who declared football as the Official State Sport of Goa.
This was announced by GFDC Chairman, Dr Rufino Monteiro during a press briefing held at the GFDC office at Patto, on Friday. SAG Executive Director and GFDC member secretary, Mr Elvis Gomes was also present during the briefing.
“So far 250 children, in the age-group of 7-14 years, have enrolled themselves for the coaching sessions, which will be conducted throughout the year except during examinations,” Dr Monteiro said.
“We have also appointed six coaches from in and around Valpoi purely on contract basis and they will train the children on four different grounds that we have undertaken in Valpoi,” he said further.
“The training will be held in two sessions— children in the age group of 7-10 will be trained in the morning, while the evening sessions will be held for the children in the age group of 10-14 from 3 pm to 5 pm.”
When asked the main aim behind choosing Valpoi as its first coaching centre, Dr Monteiro replied, “In Goa most of the urban areas are provided with adequate infrastructure and other playing facilities. And also that most of the Goan clubs are city based, they get to train their players using these facilities.
“But that’s not the case with interior parts of Goa, which are highly neglected as far as proper  infrastructure and other playing conditions are concerned,” Dr Monteiro rued.
“As for Valpoi, we have spotted enormous talent among the children when we visited there with the Russian delegation who had come down to Goa some months back. There has been tremendous interest among the children in Valpoi who want to excel in the sport provided they get proper training and adequate facilities. Moreover, the parents are also encouraging their wards to take up the sport, and this very demand has driven us to start our first coaching centre at Valpoi,” Dr Monteiro said.
Mr Elvis Gomes also spoke during the briefing.
Meanwhile GFDC, in its bid to further impart advance knowledge of sports medicine, which is a vital aspect of the sport of football, will organise a Sports Medicine Seminar on Sunday, December 9 at the Vivanta by Taj, Panaji from 9 am to 6 pm.
Among the prominent speakers for the programme is Dr Vece Paes, a doctor of Goan origin, former Olympian and father of tennis star Leander Paes who would speak on ‘Long term development of the Athlete (Footballer)/Role of deliberate practice in attaining expertise in the sport’ along with other leading doctors such as Dr Ashok Ahuja, Dr Venkata Ramana, Dr Sanjeev Sahni, Dr Ashish Phulkar and Dr Sheel Sheth, who are all considered as leading authorities on Sports Medicine.
Dr Deep Bhandare, Dr Mahendra Kudchadkar leading doctors from Goa shall also be part of the seminar.
The programme will be attended by football coaches /trainers, football administrators/managers, physiotherapists and nutritionists of football teams, former and current players, directors of physical education, students of physical education and referees. [NT]