The 10 day summer camp organized by Guwahati City FC in association with Shillong Lajong FC got underway at Gauhati University playground today in which around 120 participants from different parts of the northeast India and neighbouring Bhutan have participated. Some footballers have come from Chattisgarh as well. AIFF ‘D’ license Coaches Vishal Pradhan and Ritupan Boro held the introductory drills today.
“We had an overwhelming response on day one. We are getting calls that on Sunday we will have at least 20 more players joining us. After that we will close the registration,” said Kaustav Chakrabarty, director of Guwahati City FC.
It must be noted that all BPL participants and players from orphanage homes have been provided free of cost training and other facilities. On Saturday, gold medal winner goal-keeper at the 2007 National Names Gobinda Boro formally inaugurated the camp. During his speech, Boro asked the players to be careful during training. “You must be disciple to be a good player. Besides, you must be very careful so that you don’t injure yourself during practice. So, always use the proper gear while practicing” Boro said addressing the players.
There are three categories in the came viz. under 12, under 16 and under 22 age groups.
The training will be provided by some of the most experienced and well rated coaches of Shillong Lajong FC. They are-
- Birendra Thapa, senior team manager of Lajong and holds a ‘B’ license
- Bobby Nongbet, who is taking care of the Lajong under-15 team and holds an ‘A’ license.
- Alison Kharsyntiew who is taking care of the Lajong under-18 team as well as Shillong Premier League team and holds a ‘B’ license.
Besides, Birendra aka Biru will be the main coach to travel to Guwahati and be present for the entire summer camp. “He will be travelling with an assistant for the same” said Shillong Lajong officials. Decathlon, GupShup 94.3FM, Eclectic Northeast, Quickfid, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital Guwahati, Egua, Teenagers of Assam and The News Mill are the partners with GCFC for the camp.
Here are a few glimpses from Day 1.