The AIFF Regional Academy, Goa became operational on May 3, 2013 for U-14 age-group players born on or after 2000 as the 3rd AIFF Regional Academy Project initiative. This is the team, which is currently part of the National Project for the preparation of U-17 FIFA World Cup 2017.
Location and Facilities:
The Goa Academy is based at the AIFF Training Centre, Goa. The Academy can accommodate 35 players. Meals provided at Academy include Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. Special emphasis is paid on the diet of the players. The physiotherapist in consultation with the Doctor and Officials prepares a diet chart and subsequently the menu is prepared. Besides, proper medical care and treatment is also provided to the players. The Academy has a tie-up with a Doctor who visits the boys on a daily basis and in case of any emergency situation there is also a tie up with a local hospital (Grace Cardiac, Madgaon). A thorough Medical Examination is also conducted through PCMA Test as and when the Players report to the Academy.
Academic development is crucial to all the players. Hence, the boys undergo proper schooling which ensures their Academics are never compromised. The study time stays from 10am 12noon. There are two Teachers employed to teach the boys on all general subjects including English. In order to ensure that the boys take up their studies seriously, there is also the provision to have an Evening Study time from 7pm to 8.15 pm.
The Academy started with 21 players from different parts of the Country spotted by the AIFF Scouts at the Kalyani U-13 Festival. The players train six days in a week. Practice matches are slated for Saturdays where they play matches against different age-group youth teams in Goa. Recreational activities such as drawing, singing, quiz competition for the boys are also organised to encourage them to take part in Extra Curricular activities.
As far as training is concerned, there is an attempt to create a professional set-up for the players. There exists an extensive Training Programme with the aim of improving the players and ensure we get best from them. There is also an Evening Training Session at Fr Agnel Ashram School ground, Verna, to allow the boys have a feel of playing on natural grass. The tie-up with SAG (Sports authority of Goa) allows the wards to make use of SAG’s premises for core and swimming sessions twice a week. The total number of Officials employed in the Academy are:
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