On July 3, 2020, Minerva Academy FC owner Ranjit Bajaj wrote two letters to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) offering up the Minerva Academy campus in Mohali for conducting coaching license courses and for training camps of the India junior teams for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the AFC U-16 Championship.
In the first letter, Mr. Bajaj wrote to the AIFF coaching education department to conduct a subsidised A and B License for Indian coaches using Minerva’s facilities absolutely free of cost and to allow maximum participants to the take up the course.
“I am a firm believer that if the nation is serious about moving ahead as a footballing nation, we must not only focus on player and youth development but also on coaching education in order to allow access to the best coaches for the future stars of Indian Football. In order to have a good fleet of coaches we must allow access to coaching education to as many aspirants as possible,” Mr. Bajaj said in his letter to the federation.
In the second letter, Mr. Bajaj wrote to the AIFF general secretary Kushal Das offering the 14-acre Minerva Academy campus in Mohali absolutely free of cost for the use of India’s Under-16 boys and Under-17 women’s preparations.
“I am reaching out to you today to offer up the Minerva Academy campus in Mohali for training camps of the India teams for the upcoming U-17 Women’s World Cup and the AFC U-16 Championship,” Mr. Bajaj said, in his letter to the federation.
Mr. Bajaj believes due to the uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, precious time is passing by and our teams are not able to practice. Meanwhile, India’s opponents from the group; Australia, South Korea, Uzbekistan have already started their training and are gaining advantage and it is imperative that our team start their training immediately and expressed that it would be an honour and privilege for him to host and help the national teams put their best foot forward.
Minerva Academy is located in Mohali having a sprawling 14-acre campus. Facilities On 14 Acre Campus include:
- 2 Full size fields, 6 SSG Fields
- Swimming Pool
- Physiotherapy & wellness Clinic (on-site Physios and on-call Doctor)
- Mess with specialised chef and athlete diet
- Basketball Court, Volleyball Court, Classrooms
- Obstacle courses and more