NEW DELHI, May 5 (PTI): Three youngsters will get a lifetime opportunity to train at Glasgow Celtics as they have been selected for a 10-day sojourn at the Scottish football giants mid-August.
The three U-14 players were chosen at the conclusion of Mahindra Youth Football Challenge 2010-11 in Bangalore yesterday. Jayanto Mondal and Bishal Harijan are from Sukantanagar Vidhya Niketan, Kolkata and while the third, Mani Maran is from Government Sports School, Bangalore.
Three coaches from Celtic FC, including Stephen Frail, head coach Celtic FC Youth Academy, picked the players.
The boys were selected through the Mahindra Youth Football Challenge Inter-City Championships involving the champion schools from six cities, followed by a four-day camp involving the best 22 players.
The selected three will enjoy the experience of a lifetime when they travel to Glasgow and stay and train at the Celtic FC Youth Academy, enjoying all the facilities available to the junior players of the club.
The Mahindra Youth Football Challenge, promoted by Procam International, is a grassroot level under-14 football tournament, aimed at identifying talented footballers who will get a chance to travel to Scotland and train with Celtics FC.
MYFC travelled to Bangalore, Delhi, Goa, Kerala, Kolkata and Mumbai, where 32 schools played the intra-city leg to pick the champion schools from that city.
The six champion schools and their coaches underwent a four-day camp from April 21 to 24 conducted by coaches from the Celtic Football Club before the MYFC Inter-City Championship from April 25 to 30 to decide the champion school.
Sukanthanagar Vidhya Niketan, Kolkata and Govt Sports School, Bangalore qualified to contest the final. The Kolkata school emerged champions after a well-fought final to take home the winner’s purse of Rs 50,000 with the Bangalore school winning Rs 30,000.