Spanish football giants Barcelona to set up school in India
05/21/2012

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Online PR News – 21-May-2012 – New Delhi, Delhi – To expand the coaching network worldwide with the aim of training 10,000 youngsters in the next three years Spanish football giants Barcelona are setting up a football school in India. Aspiring young footballers will now have the prospect to get world-class training.

The first of its kind in India, the school in New Delhi, will be managed by the club's training arm FCBEscola and welcome 300 children aged between six and 14, club officials said.

"This is one of the most ambitious projects for FCBescola worldwide. We hope to train 10,000 young footballers in coming three years and with this initiative we will provide the depth and the quality needed to develop coaches and players from a very young age," said director of FCBEscola,Xevi Marce.

The Delhi school is set to be operational by the end of the year and plans are afoot to expand operations to other cities such as Mumbai, Bangalore,Kolkata, Goa, Pune and Ahmedabad in collaboration with Conscient Football. Anupama Jain, director, Conscient Football, said, "With FCBEscola, we will be able to create a pathway for young footballers to continue their development under the world's most successful training methodology. We believe that this will contribute towards the development of better players and citizens while helping India become a stronger footballing nation."

The technical director of the school Club official Antonio Claveria, had organised a camp for budding footballers in New Delhi in December last year.

"It was a great experience for me to start the Barcelona India project," said Claveria. "I am looking forward to working with talented youngsters on a sustained and regular basis."
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