Mumbai: Western India Football Association (WIFA) conducted its first ever workshop for the Grassroots Leaders in the Konkan Region at Cooperage Football ground on Thursday. This workshop is being conducted for Grassroots Leaders, who have undergone the certification course from FIFA-AIFF-FFA. It was attended by 14 Grassroots leaders from Mumbai, Thane and Raigad district.
The course was headed by Kundan Chandra, State Development officer and was assisted by Arshad Hussain, AFC ‘B’ License holder and AFC ‘D’ License instructor.The attendees communicated to WIFA that they have already started training programs and have a good strength of 1400 kids who are trained on a regular basis.
“This is very heartening to know that we are already attaining such numbers. This is a positive sign for our efforts to promote football at the grassroots level,” said Souter Vaz.
The objective of the workshop was to improve communication and to build a healthy community of leaders who work together to give exposure to maximum number of kids in their vicinity. The workshop aimed to structure the efforts of all the leaders to have a centralized curriculum delivered throughout the region.
WIFA’s mission is to Make Maharashtra a fully football literate state by 2015. Souter Vaz, Secretary of WIFA said, “We (WIFA) have taken up the challenge to make Maharashtra a fully literate state at the Grassroots and Youth levels. It is our belief that Grassroots development is the need of the hour and we will work towards providing the same.”
WIFA’s CEO Henry Menezes informed that the Grassroots program involves plans of producing coaches in every district across Maharashtra. Scheduling a ‘grassroots festival day’ every month in all the districts, we also intend to build a community of volunteers, involving school teachers and parents to ensure more and more people are touched with the beautiful game of football.”
Conducting Grassroots leagues which is football with a different format will be WIFA’s next goal. Henry explained, “these leagues are conducted in a completely different way where winning and losing does not count. Points are awarded on the skill level of players, style of play, understanding of rules and regulations and fair play which will the criteria to progress in the league.”