According to FIFA, Mahatma Gandhi, used football to help break racial barriers in South Africa and social ones in India!
The Indian footballers’ bravery and brilliance in bare feet at the 1948 Olympics earned them no less a fan than Princess Margaret, the younger sister of the then and still-reigning Queen Elizabeth II.
It is believed that such was football craze that the East Bengal-Mohun Bagan tournaments once boasted attendances of 130,000 fans! Did you know that once upon a time (maybe even today) the price of the Hilsa fish in Bengal is decided by the results of the team that wins!
British soldiers, indeed, began playing the game with locals in the late 1840s, and in 1854 the first recorded match took place in Calcutta, now Kolkata between Calcutta Club of Civilians and Gentlemen of Barrackpore.
The Durand Cup was inaugurated in 1888 – it remains the fourth-oldest existing football event across the globe, behind the English FA Cup, the Scottish Cup and the Welsh Cup – and more competitions came into existence in India the following decade.
A dedicated coach trains our day scholars and day boarders.
Some of the unique features we offer in the training of the sport are:
- our coaches have been state/national level players
- our coaches are all affiliated to their respective sport associations (state/ national) level
- individual attention for technique correction
- personal care and individual teaching
- explanation of the game and its nuances
- video recording of students playing the game and an analysis and discussion of the same with the student by the coach
- video clips of world famous players and a discussion with the students on their techniques, styles, strategies among other such details
- specially designed and crafted lesson plans for (i) beginners (ii) intermediate (iii) semi-advanced (iv) advanced players
- concentration on the physical developments of various parts of the body relevant to the sport: example wrists, arms, thighs, calves among others.
- warm-up exercises and other physical work out
- specific report cards with detailed analysis for day boarders
- opportunities to participate in inter-school and state organised games and tournaments
- maximum participation ensured through cluster-wise selection of tournaments