Baramulla, Feb 21: With an aim to promote and develop football at grassroot level in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, Real Kashmir Football Club(RKFC) Monday launched its first football academy in Pattan.
As per official, RKFC has come up with a comprehensive academy in the North Zone where local coaches will also get a chance to work with the young talent.
"The initiative has been taken to reach out to youth from different parts of Kashmir, " official said.
The academy is to be set up in the playfield of Government Degree College (GDC) Pattan.
But owing to the unavailability of the ground, on the opening day today, activities took place at Wusun ground, Pattan.
"However, the main venue for the academy would be GDC Pattan," official added.
On the occasion children in various age groups excitedly thronged to the stadium and showcased their skills under the guidance of the coaches.
"Young talent from north Kashmir will be scouted for the first time as part of RKFC's program by the club's coaches," official said.
Young children and teenagers under the age of 13 and 15 were divided into two categories.
RKFC will be providing all the facilities including the necessary equipments for the training throughout the training.
Chairman RKFC, Sandeep Chattoo, said that spreading positivity is a key objective behind the program.
“Taking the Srinagar club to other areas of Kashmir's interior also brings positive feelings because football, after all, has brought so much positivity to the J&K. It has been amazing experience,” he said.
According to the RKFC officials, academy in the Pattan area is a starting point of their program, in near future many such academies shall be thrown open across the north and south Kashmir.
"The talent hunt program of the RKFC has been halted for over a year due to Spike in positive cases amid Covid-19 pandemic, but is now ready to boost the career prospects of aspiring footballers in the Valley," added the official.