Sevilla FC, in partnership with LaLiga, has started its collaboration with the LaLiga Football Schools programme in India, which seeks to train children in different areas of the Asian country - where football is gaining more and more presence. As such, on the 27th and 28th of July, some 60 children took part in the Turf Up Tournament in the city of Pune, in the Maharashtra region and close to the country's east-coast.
The participants formed two teams in three separate categories (U-8, U-12 and U-16), with parallel courses held for trainers themselves. The teams were selected by the coaches from the different LaLiga schools, meaning one of the teams wore the Sevilla shirt, while the other wore the shirt of a local school. The LaLiga Football Schools programme began in 2018 and includes a scholarship programme, through which students will have the opportunity to travel to Spain and practice in the facilities of the different clubs. So far, LaLiga's football schools have reached more than 10,000 Indian schoolchildren, enrolled in more than 30 centres in 14 cities across the country.
La Liga Football School has reached over 10,000 Indian schoolchildren
Club Chairman, Jose Castro said: "India is very present in Sevilla FC, so it wants to collaborate supporting this wonderful social and sports project organized by LaLiga, training young people in Pune with the methodology, values and DNA of our club - all the qualities that have led us to rank among the top 20 teams in the world. We hope that the children enjoy football, our football, as well as our values to achieve all the goals that are proposed by LaLiga; of course, always under our motto 'Never Surrender'".
José Antonio Cachaza, Managing Director of LaLiga in India, said: "It is very important for us at LaLiga to ensure that the Indian football environment sees a transformation. In recent months we have increased our efforts and carried out several initiatives to achieve this. This tournament, with Sevilla FC, helps not only to provide an immersive experience to aspiring footballers, but also to motivate them to perform at their best and become the first superstars of Indian football".