Former I-League champions Minerva Punjab FC have produced 76 India internationals at junior and senior level with continued search of talents.
This year the Minerva Punjab FC scouts went to the length and width of the country looking for players to be developed, trained and nurtured into professionals. They have scouted 16,000+ trialists across the country in 25+ locations for a span of 100+ days.
The scouts were looking for all age categories starting from U-11 to U-18 for players who can be signed and trained by Minerva Punjab FC coach in Chandigarh. The scouts received a staggering amount of trialists wishing to join the club and start their path of becoming professionals.
This unprecedented hunt for budding talent in the country was bigger than ever before which consisted of towns like Pedong, Kurseong, Namchi, Jowai which were scouted for the first time by any club in India. The Minerva Punjab FC scouting teams also reached out to the Sidhi Community in Talala, Gujarat whose members are descended from the Bantu peoples of the East African region. The purpose of scouting into such remote areas is that a lot of these youngsters don’t have the exposure and thus do not get the deserving opportunities.
These trials were conducted without any charges and if selected the players are entitled to get a full scholarship from the club.