Before wrapping up year 2019, yet another successful grassroot festival was conducted at Potka, Jharkhand by Jamshedpur FC and TSRDS training center on December 30, 2019. It was attended by a total of 200 boys and 50 girls of the centers in Chanpi, Tangerine and Kalikapur and 20 coaches from TSRDS. The 50 girls participating were students from Uttkramit Madhya Vidyalaya in Tangerine.
Present at the festival were Amit Tirky, Head of Empowerment – TSRDS and Kausar Ahmed, Sports Organiser – TSRDS who spoke about the festival and its importance.
“Our aim is to teach and train these kids about new techniques who are enthusiastic about football. Even the parents who can’t visit Jamshedpur, get the chance to attend the training festival and watch their children learn something new and exciting. And I am sure, with many more such sessions in the future, they will end up representing Jharkhand, Jamshedpur FC and India one day,” said Kausar Ahmed.
Amit Tirky, Head of Empowerment – TSRDS opined that such festivals will be the key to making future footballers who can end up representing the nation someday. “I think the areas where we are running the grassroot programs, for football or any other sport with TSRDS and JFC, is important. Because the kids in these villages are mostly into government schools and they lack the discipline it takes to become a sports person . So, when it is introduced to them, they start learning things like teamwork and coordination. They are learning new things, enjoying, having fun and who knows, some of them will end up making a career in football.”
Talking about the role TSRDS and JFC is playing here, Amit said, “TSRDS has a strong rural connect and they are doing a commendable job here. But it needs to be taken to a bigger level and that’s where Jamshedpur FC comes in playing a critical role. They recognise the talent from the grassroot levels and nurture them. And I hope that in the future, we will all get to see more such talent come into light from our region.”