QPR comes calling for two of Mumbai’s youth
Mumbai - As the curtain comes down on this years’ Milind Deora Soccer Championship, 2 talented youngsters, Rudolph D’Souza of St. Mary’s High School SSC & Uzair Ansari of St. Ignatius School, have been selected for a four week training programme at Queens Park Rangers’ football academy in London, England. The two footballers were selected from a rigorous selection process conducted over the course of the championship, which ended in a one day camp conducted by QPR FC’s Head of Academy, Mr. Richard Allen & David Baker, Head of Education and Welfare for the academy at QPR.
Milind Deora Soccer Championship, an annual football tournament for school students has been conducted in Mumbai for 4 consecutive years. The championship is supported by English Premier League’s Queens Park Rangers, Coca-Cola India & Nirmal Lifestyles. This year the championship witnessed participation from over 4100 students, making it India’s largest community football tournament. The event is organised and conducted by Saran Sports.
Speaking about the selection, Union Minister for Communications & IT, Shri. Milind Deora said, “This is only the fourth year of the competition and we have witnessed unprecedented support and popularity for this championship. My endeavor is to provide football talent of Mumbai a uniform platform irrespective of socio-economic background to test and exhibit their skills. QPR’s association with the championship helps in providing international expertise and understanding to our local talent. I am sure more footballers will benefit from this championship in coming years and hope to see our participants represent India internationally.”
Mr. Richard Allen, Head of Academy QPR FC added “It’s a great opportunity for Queens Park Rangers to work here in India, coaching boys and girls from very different backgrounds. We are delighted to be involved with such an initiative, which allows kids from India to come to West London to train with us. It is a great experience for the kids as well as the coaches to work together. We hope this relationship can build year-on-year, so more kids can have the same opportunity to grow with football.”