Mymensingh District Football Association on Monday started its two-month-long training programme for 76 Under-18 players to materialise Bangladesh Football Federation’s initiative to develop grassroots football.
The players will be given basic training in the first phase of a month-long non-residential camp and the number of players will then be trimmed to 30 for a month-long residential training at the at the Rafique Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium.
Four local coaches – Aniruddho Chowdhury Bapon, Monwar Hasan Monir, Jaglul Karim and Masud Rana Jewel – will conduct the first phase of the training and BFF’s selected coaches will conduct the residential camp.
BFF technical and strategic director Paul Thomas Smalley, who attended the opening programme on the day, will also visit the training intermittently to scout some players for further training under BFF Academy in Dhaka.
‘The plan is actually designed by BFF and we are organising the hunting programme,’ Mymensingh DFA president AKM Delwar Hussain Mukul told New Age.
‘Selected players will be given basic training in the first month while the second month will be high-performance training,’ Mukul added.
Maruful Haque, a UEFA -A qualified coach, selected the players from over 350 candidates through a trial held at the same venue on October 15 and 16, informed Mukul.
BFF’s newly elected vice-president and its development committee chairman Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan Manik inaugurated the training programme as the chief guest.
‘We are trying to find some talent from grassroots level and it is the start of our hunting programme…gradually we will do it across the country,’ said Manik after the opening ceremony.
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