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English mentor for Meghalaya camp

Guwahati, Dec. 13: Shillong Lajong Football Club will organise under-13 football camps across Meghalaya from December 19 to 31.

The camp, a part of the club’s youth development initiative, will be conducted by John Godbold, a Uefa A-licence coach who has worked at Queens Park Rangers FC and Crystal Palace FC.

Elaborating on the camps, Shillong Lajong secretary Larsing M. Sawyan said, “It will be a short-term affair which will involve seven camps in different parts of Meghalaya and a coaching seminar in Shillong. The seminar will be open to coaches from across the Northeast.”

“It is an initiative to find out talented players from the grassroots level and groom them. We wanted to make it a pan Northeast one but we will be constrained for time at present. However, we propose to take it across the region by early next year,” he added.

About the coach, Sawyan said, “Godbold is an accomplished man with vast experience.”

The 47-year-old Godbold is a coaching expert who is currently based in Qatar and has nurtured many England internationals, including Rio Ferdinand. Godbold, who is one of the highest qualified English FA coach educators in the UK, has also been associated with coaching courses at levels 2 and 3 for professional league youth team coaches.

He was also the director of soccer camps in both the US and Singapore.

Godbold will arrive in Shillong on December 18.