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Guwahati, March 31: In a bid to boost the grooming of budding footballers from the Bodoland area, the sports and youth welfare department of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) has organised a monthlong coaching camp under the guidance of Union of European Football Association A certificate holder British coach Kevin Reeves.

The camp was organised with the intention of preparing budding talents from the region for a place in the national side to feature in the under-17 Fifa World Cup in 2017 in India. The ongoing camp at the Sports Authority of India Special Area Games Centre, Kokrajhar, which started on March 1, ended today. “The camp is basically an attempt to prepare the young players for the under-17 World Cup in 2017. He has been providing training to the under-13 players and some of them are really very young. It would be a great success if even one of them gets through into the side,” said the deputy director of state sports department, Jatin Borchetia.

Earlier, Reeves conducted the first phase of the camp for coaches from February 15 to 28, which was attended by 25 coaches.

“The coaches-training programme was a follow-up measure because Reeves cannot afford to stay here the whole year. We have had an agreement with SPT Sports Management for getting Reeves for the training. Although the agreement is for a year we can also extend it. The coaches are assisting him currently and they will be looking after the players as the year-long coaching will go on,” said Borchetia.

The monthlong coaching camp started off with 60 players, which was later reduced to 40 players after screening. It will be further cut short to 24 to 30 players.

Speaking on the lines of the training process, the official said: “He usually starts off with the practice session at 9am. According to him, one needs to a good warm-up before proceeding to the practise. The sessions start at 9am and a break of one hour is allotted in between and it goes on till dusk.”

“We will be organising a number of tournaments involving these players. Being a departmental project, we have not approached any sponsors. We have received the very necessary aid from the Kokrajhar District Sports Association and SAI SAG, Kokrajhar,” Borchetia said.

Talking to The Telegraph over phone from Kokrajhar, Reeves said: “These are a very talented lot and they have great potential. The kind of support they are getting is quite appreciable and if it continues, these boys will certainly be groomed the way they should be.”

“They need to continue with the practice as prescribed to them and play lot of soccer games to improve their skill.”


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