The PIFA organised Bobby Charlton Soccer & Sports Academy football camp began in Mumbai, with ex-India Football Captain Godfrey Pereira kicking off the first session.
Nirvan Shah, PIFA Director introduced the BCSSA coaches Mathew Pearson & Peter Tickle to the children and insisted that the children must follow only one rule – “Enjoy themselves!”
The camp began with a fun warm up that had the children craving for more on an extremely hot day.
Camp participant Rohan Hattangadi was thrilled with his 2nd experience at the PIFA-BCSSA camp and has attributed his football skills to the camps organised by PIFA. Hwen asked if he would come back again, he answered “of course”. It was easy to identify PIFA academy students at the camp.
4 talented children from Akansha as well as St Andrews High School were invited by PIFA to participate in this camp for free. The children could not believe that they would have had an opportunity such as this, they now dream to play for India.
When asked “What makes the PIFA-BCSSA camps guarantee improvement?” Coach Mathew replied “Children learn the most when they have fun, it is then easier to teach the correct technique and get them focused on the method”. PIFA Director Anjali Shah adds “apart from having fun, it is also the experience of these highly qualified coaches that make BCSSA the best soccer school in the world, not many can replicate the training session they conduct, PIFA has adapted the very same methodology into the Academy, that is why we have got a lot of success through our children achievements in the last year”.
At the end of each day PIFA coaches are trained the BCSSA methods. PIFA Director & FA Coach Nirvan Shah had this to say “the simplicity in which they conduct their session is amazing. The technique, the command they have to keep the children interested is something, we Indian coaches must learn. They don’t scream or shout. They only encourage and that motivates the children to perform. This is the 9th camp of the BCSSA that I have attended, and I am surprised that there is still so much more to learn”.
Father Lawrence, head coach of PIFA adds “I must thank PIFA for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this experience. I wish lot more coaches take these opportunities and come to PIFA camps with an open mind & a will to learn. PIFA is building one of the many roads that will lead to India’s World Cup success”
The roads to a successful World Cup campaign have begun and it will not be long that the Indian National anthem will be sung at the World Cup final, that day is coming close.