Winners of the QPR – Milind Deora South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenger Talent Hunt off to QPR Academy, London

As part of the 6th edition of the QPR-Milind Deora South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenger held last year in November, three talented youngsters were personally chosen at a special camp held in Mumbai in January 2015 by Chris Ramsey, Head Coach of English Club Queens Park Rangers to train at the QPR Academy for a two week period between 15th and 30th of August. As is the case each year, this is the sixth batch of youngsters who would be travelling to the QPR Academy, London.

The 6th edition of the QPR-South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenger 2014, a Milind Deora initiative in partnership with English Premier League Club Queens Park Rangers, is India’s largest community football event. The event is conceived and managed by Saran Sports. The championship attracted as many as 6012 children from over 134 schools representing 703 teams. Over 900 matches were played, where 28% of the participants were girls and as many as 88% of the participants were from municipal and government aided schools.

Milind Deora (Former South Mumbai Member of Parliament) the chief patron of the above challenger stated that “These three most talented kids from south Mumbai, coming from most unassuming schools are the winners amongst 6000 children who participated in the soccer championship. My endeavour for the last 6 years is to give them a platform to exhibit their talent. Our partner, QPR, identifies and trains them to be professional players. I hope one day, some of these kids will play for India”

According to Chris Ramsey (Head Coach of QPR) “The uniqueness of this event is the fact that the participating schools included municipal schools, government-aided schools and private schools, making it one of the largest community football events in India”. When asked to comment on the experience, he said, “We were involved in a very enriching experience as part of a program which aims to showcase young Asian talent and strengthen the football culture in Mumbai. Alex Carroll and I certainly got a taste of what life is like in Mumbai, where we also discovered how keen the young players were to learn and take on board what we were teaching them. I can’t wait to see the boys here where I am sure they can further develop their game working with the Academy staff, as well as have a great cultural experience in London.”

Close to sixty children were shortlisted for a special camp conducted by Chris Ramsey and his team after which three talented youngsters Sunil Mohan Rathod (14 years, Colaba Municipal School), Sunil Tulsiram Rathod (13 years, Colaba Municipal School) and Sitaram Nehru Rathod (13 years, Holy Name High School) were chosen the best of the lot. It is going to be a once in a lifetime experience for the U14 MSSA tournament regulars to train at the famed QPR academy, which has produced the likes of English and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, who shifted from QPR to Liverpool in 2010.

Opportunity to make the team: U.K.M. Kothrud FC conducts selection trials for girls team

Pune-based U.K.M. Kothrud FC has announced that they will be conducting selection trials for their girl’s team on 15th January 2023 The club welcomes all players to come and showcase…

Share

The Sunday Football League Season 4 is back

The Sunday Football League is back with its fourth season, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet. With eight talented teams competing at the Kes Kandivali turf, there…

Share

BFC Soccer Schools Elite team trials in Feb

Bengaluru FC launched their Mumbai program last season with the Soccer Schools and Elite programs with its local partner Soccer Schools of Excellence (SSE).  Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club…

Share

India Khelo Football Season 2 Trials in Mumbai: A Chance to Kickstart Your Football Career

After conducting trials in 34 cities & villages across India, India Khelo Football is coming to Mumbai to hunt talent on 7th January. India Khelo Football kickstarted its season 2…

Share

Mumbai Customs to conduct trials for Elite League

Former champions Mumbai Customs will be holding open trials for the upcoming MFA Elite Corporate League (Elite Division) The 2019 MFA Elite Division champions Mumbai Customs are conducting open trials…

Share

Sunday Boys to hold trials for MFA 1st Division

MFA 1st division side Sunday Boys FC will be conducting trials in the first week of November for the upcoming football season Sunday Boys Football Club was established in the…

Share

Millat FC to hold trials for MFA Elite Premier League

Millat FC – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season Millat had a decent run in…

Share

MFA Elite Division club KSA to conduct trials for the upcoming season

Karnataka Sporting Association (KSA) – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season KSA had an amazing…

Share

Young Guns Football Acadmey to conduct trials for their upcoming MFA 3rd Division Campaign

MFA 3rd Division club Young Guns Football Academy will be conducting open trials on October 9th for their upcoming season in Mumbai Football Young Guns Football Academy was founded in…

Share

OSCAR SSE to conduct trials for Youth I League and YPL team in the U13 category in Mumbai

Mumbai-based OSCAR SSE will conduct trials for their Youth I League and YPL team on 16th and 17th July 2022 at Wings Sports Centre ground. Oscar SSE is a 2-star…

Share