Bhaichung Bhutia inaugurates SESA football academy
PANAJI: Former India skipper Bhaichung Bhutia on Wednesday inaugurated(का उद्घाटन किया) the SESA football academy, which aims to create the conditions for discovering, creating and building talent for Indian football. The multinational conglomerate(समूह), Vedanta -- the group behind the academy -- aims to build on the legacy of the academy and develop budding players in football from across the nation.
22 boys in the age group of 14-17 have been selected from Rajasthan, Punjab, Kerala, Manipur, Sikkim, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Zambia (where the Group has its operations) to hone their skills. Bhutia, who is part of the advisory panel of the SFA, said: "The SFA has been doing a lot of good work in football by grooming players. It is good to see the revival with good coaches the academy has. "I am sure the academy will produce good football talent. The time is apt as the nation now sees a great amount of interest generated around this sport." The new logo of the academy was also unveiled on the occasion along with the launch of the new jersey.
The academy runs on a residential basis and imparts systematic and scientific training. SFA takes care of the formal education of the trainees during the four year training period. It has an intake capacity of 36 boys being trained at its Sankhali premises.