SKF Sports Education Program girls’ football team set to make debut in Gothia Cup in Sweden
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MUMBAI: SKF India today announced the SKF Sports Academy team comprising 17 boys and 16 girls for participation in Gothia Cup 2015, the world’s largest youth football tournament scheduled in Gothenburg, Sweden from July 12 to 18. The team was selected from a pool of players in the age group 11 to 14 from SKF Sports Academy in Pune and Ahmedabad, as a part of “Meet the World” tournament, a pre-event qualifying football tournament held in Pune.
For the first time since the SKF Sports Academy was launched, it will be represented by the girls’ football team at Gothia Cup 2015. The boys’ team includes players from the recently inaugurated SKF Sports Academy in Ahmedabad and were selected based on performance in the internal Meet the World tournament between the teams from Pune and Ahmedabad.
In order to improve the competitiveness and infuse higher level of professional playing, SKF India has tied up with Pune Football Club for a long term for training and development. Pune FC continues to provide dedicated coaching for the boys’ and girls’ teams and prepare them for professional tournaments.
Shishir Joshipura, Managing Director and Country Head, SKF India, said, “We are proud to announce the girls’ team’s participation in Gothia Cup 2015 and I am extremely happy that we could realize this. We have seen this program create a positive impact among the children and we are now taking it up to the next level with our tie up with a professional football club. Training and Coaching under Pune Football Club has helped to overhaul the teams’ skill and development process and the teams have taken their game to another level.”
Shrikant Savangikar, Director, Business Excellence, Quality and Sustainability, said, “These developments are in line with of our community care philosophy of creating a meaningful difference to the recipients and reiterate our commitment to providing holistic growth opportunities to children from adjoining communities. We are extremely happy with the way this program is developing.”
Chirag Tanna, Head Operations, Pune Football Club said, “We are proud to partner with SKF India and this platform that endeavours to create growth and learning opportunities for children including an expression of talent at international level. We will continue our commitment to be a part of this program and bring our expertise to make a difference.”
Besides giving professional training at the SKF Sports Education Program, SKF India is also committed to other development initiatives. The children of the SKF Sports Education Program are provided with career guidance, counselling, aptitude test, personality development and study techniques. Additionally parenting and counselling workshops are held for parents /guardians of the children.
SKF India Sports Education Program (earlier known as Sports Academy) was established on 15th July 2005, in Pune, with the objective of providing unprivileged children from adjoining areas, the opportunity for holistic growth through sports activities. In 2013, the academy was extended in SKF Ahmedabad. SKF Sports Academy is supported by Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) in Pune and Kahaani Sports Academy in Ahmedabad. The academy is committed to nurture sporting talent by providing professional coaching and grooming guidance to the underprivileged children from adjoining communities towards their holistic development. This program is aimed at creating a positive change in the surrounding communities of SKF India.
Gothia Cup and Meet the World
Gothia Cup is the world’s largest youth football tournament. From its start in 1975, the cup has had almost 950,000 participants from 127 countries. With close to 70 countries participating every year, the Gothia Cup remains the world’s most international tournament. SKF initiated Meet the World in 2007, when SKF became the main partner to Gothia Cup.
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