Over 600 attend trials for DreamChasers

Mumbai, April 25: In excess of 600 football aspirants were put through the paces over two days by Portuguese Ricardo D Sousa, Technical Director of Sporting Clube de Portugal in the first leg of the selection round of the DreamChasers’, talent hunt project, launched by Proforce. Ricardo is here in Mumbai to scout young talent and select 15 children (8 to 14 years) who will undergo an all-found training stint over 5 years, was impressed with the performance of the kids.

“I am surprised by the skills on the youngsters. They were all very interested in playing and there was plenty of spark in them,” was Ricardo’s observation  during the first round of selection trials at the Cambridge International School, Kandivali.

The Portuguese stated that the selection is going to be a four-stage process, on the lines of what’s conducted back home in Portugal in the club’s academy in Lisbon. The process is split into four parts; skills with only the ball; ball and goal; ball skills against opponents  and ball skills with complexities thrown in for good measure.

The 15 selected youngsters will undergo a five-year residential training under the guidance of coaches from Sporting Clube de Portugal and their academics (schooling) would also be taken care of by DreamChasers, Dr. Cyrus Poonawala International School in Kolhapur. They will also be sent to the Portugal academy of the club for a fortnight every year.

Proforce co-founders, CSO, Capt. Nitin Pant and CEO, Capt. Ameya Kocherkar, were both very excited and pleased with the response the DreamChaser received for their first selection trials. “The response in Mumbai over the past two days has been excellent.

Ameya also pointed out that the parents of the kids have been very supporting and encouraging. “The parents have shown lots of enthusiasm. Ninety per cent of the parents with whom we have interacted feel professional football can be taken up as a career,” he stated.

For more information, please contact:

Capt. Nitin Pant (CSO Proforce):  9769968484

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