The 2016 Reliance Foundation Young Champs Final Selection camp came to an end in Navi Mumbai on Saturday. On the sixth day of the camp, all 158 participants were transferred from their base in Beverly Park to Fr. Agnel Ground by bus for the morning session. The session ran from 7-9 am and featured warm-ups, shooting practice, passing practice, position-play practice and small-sided games.
The youngsters then returned to their Beverly Park base after training and had their breakfast around 9:30 am in the marquee tent before proceeding to their rooms for some rest time to allow them to recuperate before the evening training session. An audio feature was on show in the auditorium during this period and was optional for the kids to attend.
Soon after the video exhibition, the hopefuls assembled in the marquee tent for lunch at 12:30 pm. Another seminar followed in the auditorium around 2 pm with all the youngsters and their chaperones in attendance for information on the project and programme.
The seminar ended around 2:45 pm with all the players returning to their respective rooms to recover sufficiently before the evening session got underway. Around 5 pm, the young hopefuls boarded the bus to Fr. Agnel Ground for the evening session.
The evening session had a high intensity 4-v-4 tournament with the winners squaring off against one another. All the players in the tournament were observed and evaluated under the watchful gaze of on-looking coaches. The session ended around 7.15, following which the gifted young talents were transferred back to Beverly Park where they were served dinner in the marquee tent around 8 pm.
It was the last session of the camp with youngsters scheduled to depart at various times on Sunday. The final list of selected players will be revealed shortly.
When asked to recall his most abiding memory from this edition, Piet Hubers, Hero Indian Super League Grassroots’ technical director, said: “During this week, the recruits of the first edition of the Reliance Foundation Young Champs acted as assistant coaches and helped the coaches from the clubs. You see that these young champs have improved as players and now they can also work in the capacity of assistant coaches. This is really nice to see.”
– ISL Media