Odisha FC Scouting For Young Talent In Cuttack
Indian Super League team Odisha FC, in association with the state government, conducted a scouting program for children at the Satyabrata Stadium in Cuttack. The session was attended by more than 300 kids in the under-13, under-15, and under-18 categories.
The players selected from this program will go through further trials before finding a place in the junior Odisha FC teams for the forthcoming season. These newly formed teams would be participating in Sub-Junior League, Hero Junior League, and Hero Elite League next season.
The scouting program was led by Odisha FC assistant coach Thangboi Singto, grassroots coaches Sourav Virdi, Sk Shahanawaz Alam, Aiswaryan Pillai, and assistant grassroots manager Suvam Das. “Our plan was always to start a very strong grassroots program and following it up with a proper youth set-up. I think this is a good start for us. The government of Odisha has been very supportive of different sports. For Odisha FC, this programme is very important as the aim is to give ample playing time to the children here in Odisha. This is the basic first phase trials here in Cuttack and it will continue as the selected boys will attend scouting again”, said Singto.
Commenting on the occasion, OFC’s head of football development, Aakash Narula, said, “As a club, we strongly believe in building a robust grassroots and youth set-up. The only way to ensure that is to work with local players of our catchment area amongst others and give them professional training, competitive matches and help them grow as players and represent the nation and the ISL senior. For which such scouting programmes become an important step towards helping the young players”.