Indian national football team launches Natural Turf at DSK Dream City Football Fields
National team coach Stephen Constantine also congratulated the DSK Group and thanked them for making Indian football a priority
Pune, August 26, 2015: Stephen Constantine, Head Coach, Indian National Football Team launched the Natural Turf at the DSK Dream City Football Fields, along with Shirish Kulkarni, President, DSK Shivajians Football Club.
Players representing India for the forthcoming matches against Nepal and Iran were also present at the inauguration of the pitch, where they lined up for photographs with players of DSK Shivajians Football Club, as well as the young players of Liverpool FC International Academy – DSK Shivajians.
DSK Dream City, home of the DSK Shivajians and Liverpool FC International Academy – DSK Shivajians, is also hosting the Indian National Football Team as they prepare for their matches against Nepal and Iran, respectively. The 12-day camp, held ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Iran, will see the team use the facilities at the DSK Dream City to prepare for the challenge.
The DSK Dream City offers a range of facilities, varying from a natural and an artificial football turf, swimming pool, gymnasium, recreation area to screening room. Speaking about the facilities, Stephen Constantine, Head Coach, Indian National Football Team, said: “I have travelled around the Country in the last six months trying to find accommodation, a training pitch and a Stadium in one place.
“The DSK Dream City offers us everything and more than what we require. Here we have pitches and facilities in one campus and the distances that we have to cover are super excellent and so much convenient,”
Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Shirish Kulkarni, President, DSK Shivajians Football Club, commented, “It is an honour for the DSK Group to host the Indian National Football Team at the DSK Dream City. With this we hope, that in our way, we can help make our country proud. Having the Indian National Football Team and Stephen endorsing the natural turf and our facilities is something very special.”
Stephen Constantine also congratulated the DSK Group for their willingness to help. “I want to thank the DSK Group for putting Indian Football on their priority,” he added.
Dan White, Head of International Academies at Liverpool FC, added: “It’s great for us to see the unveiling of the natural turf pitch at the DSK Dream City venue today. This enhances what is already a fantastic facility, and can only help with the development of the players that are fortunate enough to train and play there.
“When we were planning the LFC International Academy – DSK Shivajians project we said that we wanted to provide the best facilities, an environment for the players to thrive and an all-round football education which would ensure that the players develop both on and off the pitch.
“This is another key milestone towards accomplishing this. We’re immensely proud of our partnership with DSK and look forward to building on the fantastic progress that has been made to date.”