Kolkata, September 20: Gokulam Kerala FC has entered into a partnership with the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs of the Government of Kerala to operate a girl’s football academy at Kannur.
The Sports Kerala – Gokulam Football Elite Residential Academy will be set up at the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School (Sports) in Kannur.
Aligned to the Government of Kerala’s plan to promote football among girls, this academy is a novel attempt to help prospective girl footballers to receive high-quality training and guidance from Gokulam Kerala Football Club.
Gokulam Kerala FC, the current Indian Women’s League champions are hoping to nurture world-class footballers through this partnership and provide a clear professional pathway for the footballers from the state. The academy will consist of three age group teams – U14, U17, and U-20.
Gokulam Kerala FC will deploy a highly competent technical and management team to operate the academy and will offer the best-in-class training that will be in line with the club’s coaching philosophy that has brought in various laurels to the club and the state.
The establishment of this academy will also lead to the optimal utilization of the excellent infrastructure facilities that the government has built and refurbished in the last five years keeping in mind the overall development of the sport ecosystem in the state.
“Gokulam Kerala FC would like to extend our wholehearted gratitude to the Government of Kerala for selecting us as the partner in this ambitious project. When the club was formed in 2017, our aim was to promote men’s and women’s football in an equitable manner. We will put in our best effort to make this a successful venture by developing footballers that will bring laurels to the country and the state. We would like to thank the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, the honorable state sports Minister Mr. V. Abdurahiman, and our esteemed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for envisioning such a first of its kind project in the state and implementing it quickly” said Mr. V.C. Praveen, the President of Gokulam Kerala Football Club.