Shillong, October 04: In continuation to the launch of Mission Football at Shillong on July 22, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Meghalaya, Zenith M Sangma today inaugurated the launch of Football Coaching Clinics at District Auditorium, Tura which was attended by officials of the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, coaches, teachers and students of various schools in the town.
It may be mentioned that the Coaches Clinic is meant to provide training to the grassroot level coaches who will be manning the grassroot Coaching Centres in the State under Mission Football. Out of 68 coaching centres in the state, as many as 28 centres are in Garo Hills district, of which eight centres are in West Garo Hills, eight centres in South West Garo Hills, four in South Garo Hills, four in East Garo Hills and four centres in North Garo Hills.
Speaking on the occasion, Zenith Sangma congratulated the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs for launching the Coaches Clinic saying that this is one of the important components of Mission Football which aims to empower the young and train the football lovers in the state of Meghalaya at the grassroot level. He added that the people had the potential, passion and love for the game of football even in the earlier days but could not uphold it further due to lack of professionalism in the game.
He further informed that the government is focused on creating a committed environment to enable the potential football players to get the right kind of training to ensure that Meghalaya ultimately becomes the power house of football. Therefore, he advised the coaches to train budding football players in such a way that they see football as a viable career option in the future.
While delivering the keynote address, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs Matsiewdor War Nongbri informed that coaches clinics aim to empower and train the coaches in the districts which will train about 60 to 100 football players in each centre. Befitting to the phrase “Catch them Young”, the state government is focused to develop the talents from the young age of 6-12 years in order to provide utmost benefit to the promising players of the region, she added. Moreover, the initiative will also develop other sporting infrastructure and facilities in the state.