The Rebels Football Club has recently launched India’s first full-fledged residential football training facility for girls in Bengaluru. Started on August 17, the academy is touted to be the first of its kind. It will focus on providing training to aspiring women footballers from across the country so that they can pursue academics and the sport at the same time. Recognised by the All India Football Federation, the club aspires to enrol girls under 13 to under 22 from all socio-economic backgrounds. They will be trained at the academy, located in Yelahanka.
As per reports, the academy will be providing “scientific training for young, talented and passionate female footballers to achieve their dream of becoming a professional football player and also help them pursue a career in the sport.”
“With FIFA U -17 Women’s World Cup being hosted in India in 2021 and also the progress that our women’s national team is making, we at RFC Football Academy are delighted to launch India’s first full-fledged girls residential football academy. We believe the residential academy will help female athletes who aspire to become professional footballers,” said Preetham Chandra, Founder and CEO of RFC Football Academy, in a statement, TOI reported.
He promised that they have included the international level of training programs to ensure “quality football training and education that is provided globally in countries which are football power houses,” News18 reported.
What You Should Know
- Rebels FC launched India’s first residential football academy for girls.
- Recognised by the All India Football Federation, the club aspires to enroll girls under 13 to under 22 from all socio-economic backgrounds.
The RFC runs a similar residential project for men. Congratulating RFC for setting up the academy for girls, Kushal Das, General Secretary of All India Football Federation, said, “We at the AIFF have a very robust plan to develop women’s football in India starting with the U17 Women’s World Cup in 2021 and hosting of the Women’s Asian Cup in 2022. Academies like RFC will go a long way in achieving the goals,” India Today reported.
When asked Maymol Rocky, head coach of Indian senior women’s team, about the new initiative and how will it impact the future of the sport, she said that the academy is an “example for others to follow.” Talking about how Indian women footballers have a bright future ahead, she expressed, “The vibrant player development model at the Academy will lead to more players being available for selection for the National Teams across all groups. I wish them good luck.”
Feature Image: Rebels FC
We request you to support our award-winning journalism by making a financial contribution towards our efforts. Your funds will ensure we can continue to bring you amazing stories of women, and the impact they are making and spotlight half the country's population because they deserve it.