A flagship initiative of Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS), today announcedits trials to admissions for year 2020. The trials for Ahmedabad will be held at Sprint Recreation, Shilaj Science City Road, S P Ring Road on Sunday, 24 th November 2019. The admissions to the residential academy will be open for players born between 2003-2010, and selected players will be admitted into the academy, which provides CBSE schooling along with the integrated football training program. BBFS is a dream of legendary Indian footballer,BhaichungBhutiato grow the game at the grassroot level by offering high quality coaching and training infrastructure. Speaking on the occasion, Bhaichung Bhutia, Founder- BBFS said, “Football is a high action game. It requires relentless practice, determination, grit and passion. But that is not all. The groundwork has to begin with high quality coaching and training infrastructure, which is sorely lacking in the country today. We have not kept pace with other Asian countries in terms of infrastructure and training methodologies.We want to transform this picture of Indian football. For all those young kids itching for a structured progress plan, we at BBFS, offer international standard training programs, coaches, regular tournaments and opportunities to experience and excel on the global football arena.” he concluded.
The one of its kind in India, BBFS Residential Academy essentially provides the opportunity for talented young
football players to pursue their academics while receiving the best-in-class football training. The benefits of a
Residential Academy goes beyond just the combination of education and training, but also looks into several
other aspects of young budding players, including their diet, monitoring physical development, definitive
competitive exposure and career guidance.
The trials for admission to BBFS Residential Academy are being conducted in 35 cities across India including
Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Calicut, Pune, Hyderabad, Lucknow,
Guwahati, Shillong, as well as the states of Manipur, Mizoram & Nagaland.
The Residential Academy thrives on the BBFS’ core value system – passion, perseverance and teamwork. The
management believes that opportunity to play, learn and master the game should be available to all who seek it
and no talented player should be barred from the opportunity to master the game. Kishore Taid, Co-Founder
and CEO of BBFS elaborates, “From the collective experience of the management and coaching team of the
academy, we know that there is no dearth of talent in the country and talent can be found in any corner of India.
We want to make this residential program accessible to every player, and to do this, we are going to all major
cities and football hubs of the country to reach out to players locally. We have done this in the past as well, and
now, we have players from 20 states in the country. I believe we can have representation from all states, and so
we are conducting trials in more cities this year to reach out to every child with the dream of becoming a
professional football player.”
BBFS has a golden track record in terms of developing homegrown players who have gone on to play for India,
and for many top clubs in the Indian Super League and the I–League. In the short span since the Residential
Academy has begun, two players have already been selected to be a part of the India National Team. Earlier in
2019, Ranjan Soren, hailing from Orissa and Lionel D Rymee from Meghalaya, were selected to be part of the
India’s U-15 Squad and have represented the country internationally in the on-goingseason. The young boys have
been an inspiration to the other academy players and are an example of how opportunities are available to each
aspiring player at the academy. BBFS has also coached and guided more than 20 players who have gone on to
play for India, ISL clubs, I-League clubs and even two who have played for foreign clubs.
With India hosting two U-17 FIFA World Cups in a span of 3 years, there is no doubt that football has risen to be a
primary sport in the country. In fact, there have been many noteworthy initiatives from the government – such
as Mission XI Million and Khelo India School Games, and several private sector initiatives from companies to
encourage the sport and those who play it. There is no doubt that the scope for football has greatly increased
and so have the platforms for young aspiring football players to grow and perform.