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Oct 20 2013
Liverpool FC ties up with Pune’s DSK to kick off India’s first global soccer school
“LFC International Football Academy DSK is a residential full time coaching academy which will be officially opened in the first week of January 2014,” Shirish Kulkarni, director at DSK Shivajian Football Club, told Financial Chronicle.
He said the DSK group is investing Rs 50 crore. He said the company has also paid a license fee for the Liverpool Football Club.
“This is the first time, an English top-flight club has partnered with the DSK Shivajian Football Club outside UK with an initial commitment for five years to produce world class football talent,” Dan White, head of soccer schools at Liverpool Football Club told FC.
He said there will be two full-time A level-3 coaches from the Liverpool Academy in Pune to take care of the coaching curriculum and training of Indian assistant coaches. The FA level-3 coaches are qualified to officiate at the prestigious English Premier League matches, he said.
“At the Academy in Liverpool, we aim to develop outstanding players and good human beings. The results speak for themselves as just last season, seven Academy players made their team debuts. Education and community work is key to the development of our young players and we look forward to bringing our knowledge and experience to India,” Frank McParland, director at the Academy in Liverpool, said.
“The new academy will be a world-class residential complex, featuring full-size pitches, practice areas, classrooms, changing rooms, a gym, canteen, lecture theatres, residential and medical facilities,” Kulkarni, a football player himself and who is passionate about the game, said.
He said after conducting football matches in various cities and towns across India, the first batch of 64 students Under-17 and Under-19 age players will be selected for the academy.
“The Under-19 players will eventually replace the DSK Shivajians B team in the Pune District Football League. These players will then be transfer at the national event on merit,” Kulkarni said.
He said the academy will also select 10 best players annually to be trained at the Liverpool Academy for further training and exposure.
“This is a strategic move for us at DSK Shivajians FC and for aspiring young football players, who will be trained under direct supervision from one of the world’s most refuted football clubs such as Liverpool FC,” Kulkarni said.
He said the new academy will enable Liverpool FC to conduct its soccer school programme in Pune the same way they do in UK and produced legends such as Robbie Fowler, Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard.