Nagpur: WIFA under its Grassroots Development Programme will conduct five Grassroots Leaders Courses in Nagpur, Pune, Thane and Mumbai to promote and spreads grassroots football.
On the occasion of the AFC Grassroots Day on May 15, WIFA has initiated this programme , informe WIFA secretary Souter Vaz, In Nagpur the programme will be organised at South Eastern Central Railway ground, Motibagh. Interested have been asked to contact Mr. Dey (9422812256).
According to Mr Vaz the demand for Grassroots football is tremendously increasing and such initiatives are important, WIFA currently have 200 certified Grassroots Leaders and with this program will educate another 150 Grassroots Leaders thus increasing the tally to 350 Grassroots Leaders. This will be a free course for all, the registered participants will be getting training kits as well.
This will be first of its kind initiative which will help build a strong footballing community , stated the CEO Henry Menezes.
The interested candidates can download the form from www.wifa.in documents library and submit to their local DFA.
Grassroots football is based on the philosophy of small sided games . It is adopted in all major football countries for a long time and has great benefits in terms of player development. Countries such as The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Australia etc have all adopted small-sided Games as the format for Grassroots football.
Research conducted in most top football countries suggests that small-sided Games are more enjoyable for the kids and helps improve their technical ability. It maximizes individual participation and involvement; with kids having more touches on the ball by each participant.
There is also a continuous focus on development rather than winning.