Indian Football Foundation organized a 3 day coaches and kids football camp in Mumbai with YKK Holding Asia (YHA) and YKK India Private Limited and coaches from Real Madrid Foundation (Madrid, Spain) at the Somaiya Vidya Vihar Sports Complex for the local football coaches and underprivileged kids coming from various orphanages across Mumbai. YKK Holding Asia sponsored the event as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program - through a strategic tie-up with the most valuable football club in the world, Real Madrid, for their CSR initiative YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic that aims to support healthy growth of children through sports.
The football workshop focused on providing a fun and valuable experience for underprivileged children who are passionate for the game of football. The resounding success of YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic over the years has encouraged YHA to continue the project in more locations across countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. The Indian edition of this football clinic was solely conducted by Indian Football Foundation - as a part of our community engagement initiative to popularize the sport and to provide once-in-lifetime opportunity to the local coaches and kids to interact with the coaches from Europe.
The 3 day clinic was held at the Somaiya Sports Complex in Kurla, Mumbai (Maharashtra) - the first day was a refresher course on the Real Madrid style of football training for 30 local coaches (including the coaches from Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools) followed by 4 football workshops for a total of 300 kids from 3 orphanages across Mumbai.
Real Madrid Foundation coaches Pablo Gomez Revenga, Javier Garcia Torres and Ivan Garcia Sacristan shared the club’s training methodology and techniques with the local coaches. Following the coaches clinic - the coaches of Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools assisted Real Madrid coaches to conduct four clinics for kids from Don Bosco Boys Home (Matunga), Dominic Savio (Andheri) and St. Francis (Borivali), along with the trainees from Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools.
Indian Football Foundation further aims to conduct similar football camps across India with the aim of engaging more youth - to promote the sport and identify the most talented players and nurture them through focused youth training programs run by the sister concern – Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools across the country.