Tribal soccer delights

– 35 underprivileged boys attend 3-day Tata training camp

JAYESH THAKER

Soccer talents of a lesser god showed their skills with the ball on an unfamiliar terrain, dribbling with elan and shooting with power during a three-day residential football camp that started at Sonari’s Tribal Cultural Society on Friday.

The camp was inaugurated by head of Tata Steel’s sports department Captain Amitabh.

The bunch of 35 boys, all from primitive tribes between 16 and 20 years, might have rarely stepped out of their villages in Patamda block of East Singhbhum. But, on Friday, it did not take them long to shed their inhibitions and show their skills with the ball, as the camp kicked off under an overcast sky.

The camp, which is exclusively for Birhor and Sabar boys, will see Tata Football Academy coach and former international P. Vijay Kumar imparting tips to the youngsters along with former FIFA referee Binod Kumar Singh.

Two other Jamshedpur Sporting Association referees Amirsen Sundi and Sushil Toppo will also chip in.

The boys, all of whom are being provided with shoes and T-shirts by Tata Steel, sounded excited on Day One.

“I am really happy to be here. The ground is so good and even. I want to become a professional footballer when I grow up,” a trainee said.

Former referee Singh said that they were going to impart the basics of football to the trainees during the camp.

The first session will start from 6.30 to 8.30am. The trainees will then attend theory sessions till lunch. The afternoon will be reserved for practicals. Romil Francis Bhengra of Tribal Cultural Academy, said that once the camp was over, the boys would participate in annual inter-village football ties.

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