Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Monday February 20 2012
The continued expansion of the Blackburn Rovers Indian youth academies and leagues is continuing at good pace with news of a developing league in Nagpur emerging to follow the existing set up in Pune and Delhi.
Indian owners Venky's have been using their links with Blackburn Rovers to help spot new talent in a previously untapped resource in India and in conjunction with football development in Asia are using the opportunity to develop school kids into the stars of the future.
Plans are already under way to finance and set up a league in the region of Nagpur and the aim is to have a quality batch of talent ready for the next step by 2013.
Shebby Singh, who is in charge of football development in Asia told the Times of India - 'These kids are quite flashy when on field I must say. Nagpur has a core and rich talent. I am happy with the progress. We actually are looking for such bold budding kids. Plans are also underway to set up a Blackburn Rovers Academy in Nagpur.'
'We plan to spend about Rs 1,200 per player per season. We have a proper team at place which will spot the talented kids for further grooming which will happen in Pune. From the selected lads, we'll further raise the bar and pick up a group of boys who'll be trained at Blackburn Academy in England.'
'The first season is underway at six different cities at present including Delhi and Pune. We vow to start the second season in more than 20 cities of India.' he added.
All very good to see Venky's putting their efforts into developing the future of Indian talent but that famous name they are using could do with some love and investment too wouldn't you say?
Date:Monday February 20 2012
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