Celtic Soccer Academy To Conduct Trials In Indore To Unearth Footballing Talent In Madhya Pradesh

To develop young football players through world-class coaching and academic facilities at the Madhya Bharat Sports Club in Bhopal, India

Indore, Madhya pradesh, May 28, 2017 /India PRwire/ --

Celtic Soccer Academy, in association with its international partner in India, Madhya Bharat Sports Club, today announced that it will hold trials for its academy on 28th May in Indore. The trials will take place in the city on Sunday, 28th May at Malwa Institute of Technology from 7 am onwards and interested participants can register at the academy's website: www.madhyabharatsportsclub.com. The trials are a part of a nationwide tour held in 8 different cities across the country to identify the best footballing talent of the country. After Indore, the final leg of the trial will take place in Bhopal on 30th & 31st May at the Barkatullah University.

Through the trials, the Bhopal-based Academy aims to build three squads comprising of Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 boys, who would be taken on a full residential programme with equal emphasis on footballing as well as academic excellence. The Academy is looking to identify 72 young footballers for the three squads in the first year, and the best three among these will also be sent to Celtic F.C. in Glasgow, Scotland for a one month player exchange programme.

Madhya Bharat Sports Club has signed a six year deal with Celtic Football Club that will see the Celtic Soccer Academy work with the club to implement a development model for Indian football in the city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Following the tie-up, the Academy has appointed UEFA Pro Coach Jose Carlos Hevia as the Technical Director. Previously, Jose had a successful stint with Indian Super League team FC Pune City as the Technical Director and Head of Grassroots Development from 2014 to 2016.

The Academy has also roped in former Nigerian world-cupper Rabiu Afolabi, who has played with prestigious clubs like Napoli and Monaco, as Head Selector and Advisor.

Madhya Bharat Sports Club is a new academy setup based football club in the city of Bhopal. The club aims to become a nursery and breeding ground for future world class players and looks forward to be able to contribute to Indian football by developing players who go on to play for the national team and make the country proud. The club has a promising academy set-up which is focused on the development of young players through world-class coaching and academic programmes, offering a unique combination of sport and study across residential and day-boarding player development centres in the area.

Speaking about the initiative, Rishish Dubey, Madhya Bharat Sport Club's Founder and CEO said, "We firmly believe that a sustained and focussed approach is required if we want to see Indian football compete at a global level. At Madhya Bharat Sports Club's Celtic Soccer Academy, we are trying to bring in world-class coaching and infrastructure for the young footballers of the country."

"We are very pleased to join hands with Celtic FC, one of the best clubs in the world. We visited their academy and were very impressed with Celtic FC's youth program. The values of the club are a major reason we have partnered with them", he added.

Celtic Soccer Academy has also committed to a substantial coach education programme to help develop the standard of coaching available to young Madhya Bharat Sports Club players.

Jose Carlos Hevia, Technical Director of Celtic Soccer Academy - Madhya Bharat Sports Club said, "Having spent a fair bit of time with young Indian footballers at FC Pune City, I firmly believe that there is a lot of potential here. I am sure that we will be able to spot some good talent at these trials, and given the right exposure and grooming, they can be developed into footballers who go on and represent India at higher levels."

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