BARCA ACADEMY LANDS IN NAMMA BENGALURU
Ø Barca Academy to have Football Schools in Bengaluru
Ø Technical Director from Barca Academy to oversee the schools in Bengaluru
Ø First two Barca Academy schools in Bengaluru to come up in Trio World Academy, Sahakar Nagar & Ecumenical Christian Centre, Whitefield
Bengaluru. Exhilarating is the word that best describes Barca Academy’s relationship with Bengaluru. Between 2013-2015, Barca Academy, formerly known as FCBEscola India, held camps in Bengaluru, training 1,500 young footballers. The spontaneity and enthusiasm that Bengaluru exuded towards football has led Barca Academy to launch football schools in the Garden City. Barca Academy will be starting the football schools from November 19, 2018 at two locations – Trio World Academy, Sahakar Nagar & Ecumenical Christian Centre, Whitefield and will be catering to over 1,000 budding footballers.
The 2 permanent base of the Barca Academy in Bengaluru will be under the supervision of Technical Director Jordi Escobar and he will be leading a team of 12 coaches. To provide comprehensive year long training to young footballers, thrice a week classes will be held in each centre.
The launch of Barca Academy in Bengaluru comes at a time when India is preparing to host Barca Academy Asia Pacific Cup 2019 in January 2019. On September 29, 2018 FCBarcelona Legend and former Argentina World Cup player, Javier Saviola announced that Barca Academy, Gurugram will be hosting the Asia Pacific Cup 2019, the premier intra Barca Academy.
According to Antonio Claveria, Head – Barca Academy, APAC, “Indians have always been passionate about sports and particularly football in a huge manner. The growing popularity of football among the youngsters is a testament of the game’s untapped potential in the country. FCBarcelona has always stood committed to its tenet of nurturing talent and in India, over the last 7 years, Barca Academy has built a strong foundation for tomorrow’s footballers.”
FCBarcelona was the first major European club to set up base in India in 2011 when they partnered with Conscient Football and held the first FCBEscola Camp in New Delhi. The camp was a big success and since has been a regular feature of the footballing calendar of many top cities in the county including Bengaluru. Encouraged by the huge demand for world-class youth training, FCB and CF decided to open the first Barca Academy in New Delhi. Many of the players in the FCBCamps and Barca Academy have travelled to Barcelona to participate in the Escola International Tournament, FCBClinics and various other tournaments. Barça Academy India now has the largest offering of all such academies and has trained more than 25,000 players across various formats. Speaking on the occasion, Anupama Jain, Director Conscient Football, said, “In 2011 when we partnered with FCBarcelona to bring in Barca Academy to India, we were certain that the partnership will change the way the game of football was perceived in the country. We inculcated the Barca philosophy of not about just playing football better, but living the Barca values and building camaraderie. In our journey so far, we have focussed on enhancing not only the standard of the game but have also successfully delivered focussed training programs tailor-made for India, without comprising on Barca quality and values.”
Barca Academy’s training methodology nurtures talent while providing holistic development to the youth. More than just learning to play football, the academy instils in a youngster the Barca values of camaraderie, friendship, trust and loyalty. The program in India mirrors these values and has taken the lead in providing many Value added services like Fitness & Conditioning, Health & Nutrition, Physiotherapy etc. The children and many times even their parents are benefitting greatly form these activities that are learnings for life.
The fact that Barca Academy is one of the best youth development programs in the world, coming from a club that has produced talents like Messi and Iniesta from its own stables, is now bearing fruit in the Indian environment as well. Be it the representation in India’s U17 World Cup Futsal squad or in Haryana & Delhi Sub-junior & Junior State teams or in the Delhi football league representing various clubs the Barca Academy trained players are beginning to make a mark. Barca Academy is the largest football academy in India and has been rated as the top academy by the AIFF.
FC Barcelona was founded 119 years ago in 1899, and is unique in many ways. The club is owned by its more than 145,000 members and can boast of being the most successful club in Europe over the last years. Since season 2004/05, they have won four of the Club’s five Champions League titles and nine of their 25 domestic league titles.
Due to its very special personality, ‘Barça’ is recognized as being ‘more than a club’. The team’s distinctive style of play is projected around the world by the best players and coaches of their time in combination with club’s famous reliance on homegrown talent.
All of this goes hand in hand with its ongoing ambition to become the most admired, beloved and global sports institution on the planet. This mission is supported by such core principles as humility, effort, ambition, respect and team-work, while the club is also famed for its commitment to society, which is channeled through the FC Barcelona Foundation and its work to educate children through the positive values of sport. Such unstoppable growth in recent years has led to a global reach of more than 315 million fans and made FC Barcelona a world leader on social media.
Conscient Football is a grassroots development initiative undertaken by the Conscient Group with The Heritage School network in Delhi NCR; the latter being a part of its venture in the educational sector. It is now one of the largest grass roots development organizations for football in the country. It has multiple programs in its portfolio like Football leagues, camps, coaching courses academies and exposure trips with the core objective of the development of the individual and the sport of football in India.