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Liverpool's Indian Academy launches scouting mission in the country

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Liverpool Football Club (LFC) International Football Academy – DSK Shivajians is all set to kick start a nationwide scouting campaign to identify promising young football talent in India. These talented footballers will form the first batch of students to be trained at the Academy that is coming up in Loni in Pune. This six city scouting tour scheduled over March and April 2014 is aimed at short-listing players to form two groups of Under-17 and Under-19. LFC International Football Academy – DSK Shivajians is now officially receiving applications for its regional talent scouting camps in Aizawl, Shillong, Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and Pune.

The first scouting trip will take place in Aizawl from 17th – 20th March, 2014, at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Mualpui. This six city talent scouting will conclude in Pune with finalists from each regional round coming down to the city for the final round of screening. The players who are unable to attend any of the previous regional scouting trips will also be encouraged to attend the final leg in Pune. However, a player can only register for one of the trials.

Further to LFC International Academy and DSK Shivajians’ launch announcement in October 2013, the Academy is all set to nurture Indian football talent. This programme will support 64 selected aspiring young footballers in the first batch (2014-15). The LFC International Football Academy – DSK Shivajians will provide its students with the opportunity to develop their game in a professional academy environment. Liverpool coaches, Ray Curtis and Michael William Rice will shortlist players at the talent scouting camps that they believe are among the best in the country; the shortlisted candidates will then be invited to showcase their talent at the DSK International Campus in Pune. Enthusiastic footballers can register online - or on Facebook -

The Academy is the brainchild of Shirish Kulkarni, President, LFC International Football Academy – DSK Shivajians and is supported by Ardeshir Jeejeebhoy, CEO and Amit Vanjari, General Manager, LFC International Football Academy – DSK Shivajians.

With the aim to produce well-rounded footballers who can compete on an international level, the residential Academy will provide top notch infrastructure, a safe and secure learning environment and an emphasis on well-rounded education. The facilities at the Academy are designed to global standards and cater to all the student’s needs, both sports and recreation based. The thought behind this world class establishment is to ensure wholesome development of students who would go on to represent the country at both junior and international platforms and provide skill sets for those who are looking at sports as a long term career.

Sharing this enthusiasm on the scouting campaign, Shirish Kulkarni, President, Liverpool International Football Academy – DSK Shivajians said “We are very excited to commence our talent scouting process and are looking forward to meet some young talented individuals who are passionate and serious about pursuing football. LFC International Football Academy – DSK Shivajians aims to provide an exciting platform to these youngsters from across India and internationally to showcase their potential and evolve as great footballers. With this world-class full time residential coaching academy with state-of-the art facilities and training under renowned coaches from Liverpool, we are confident of positioning India very strongly on the world map of international football.”

Talking about the partnership, Ray Curtis, LFC Coach said: “It is a fantastic experience. We can bring LFC closer to our Indian fans while working with an excellent partner in DSK to develop young football talents from across the country.” Michael Rice shared a similar emotion: “A great opportunity for a famous and historic club like Liverpool FC to be a part of the development of football in India.”