High expectations from GFDC
The GFDC which was set up by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar with Dr Rufino Monteiro as its chairman after declaring football as the official sports of Goa, will commemorate its first anniversary tomorrow with an exhibition football match between GFDC and Customs and Central Excise, at university ground, Taleigao plateau at 4.45 p.m.
During the year, GFDC has set up five development centres at Valpoi, Sulcorna, Aldona, Navelim (girls) and Benaulim to cater to the talent in rural areas and more have been planned in the future. Coaching is being imparted by the GFDC coaches with nutritional supplements also being provided to the trainees. The demand for more development centers has been on the rise with even those previously run by GFA opting to be under the GFDC since the GFA’s Australian youth development programme is coming to a close next year.
The GFDC has organized several first aid courses focusing on resuscitation techniques and even a course for aspiring football referees so as to supplement the work of GFA. The biggest event has been the hosting of GIFT conference where the who’s who of football in India participated along with experts from South Africa, England, Singapore and other countries with the top brass of GFA commending the GFDC and especially Dr Rufino for undertaking the work with dedication, devotion and unique passion.
While many remarked that the high point of the symposium was also the recognition of the forgotten heroes of Goa who had won the first-ever gold in football 35 years ago with the Goa schools football team captained by Edmund Mascarenhas emerging champions at the National Schools Football Championship in Srinagar, along with the road map presented by National AIFF coach Wim Koevermans, others are now looking forward for the action plan, the follow-up which is vital for the sustained upliftment of football. Speeches and conferences are important but without proper, structured follow up and practical action plan thereafter to be implemented with proper evaluation, they could become meaningless, many observed.
Overall, there is a general feeling that the GFDC will provide the much-needed boost and a new, scientific direction to take Goan football to still greater heights in terms of quality, much more so as they have been provided with the much-needed finances by the present Government. [H]