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Developing football talent in Kerala, India

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The Summary Sports & Education Promotion Trust (SEPT) was established to promote sports development in India with focus on football. Started in 2004 and based in Calicut, the trust has set up football training centres called “football nurseries” spread across 13 districts and Mahe. Majority of these centres are located in rural areas, one is in a tribal region. Given the huge potential in the tribal areas of Kerala which largely goes untapped due to financial constraints and lack of adequate sports infrastructure for the people of such area to pursue the game, the thrust of the initiative is on spotting and nurturing talent in rural parts of the country. Currently, SEPT has soccer nurseries in 51 centres . These include rural region, urban region, a tribal region and coastal region. The Concept Talented children below the age of nine are identified after conducting selection trials at different centers under the guidance of a team of experts. About 2000 children, the best out of more than 15,000 who turn up for selections are divided among the Fifty centers. These children are provided with intensive training by local coaches, who are educated by foreign instructors. Currently each center has 25 children who are trained three times a week with duration of 2 hours in each session, Special training sessions are also conducted during vacations and holidays. Achievements/Milestones • Presence across Kerala through 52 centers • Technical partnership with TSDS, Holland for coach and player education. • About 15,000 children turn up for selections at the various SEPT centers annually • Imparts specialized training to about 2000 budding footballers selected by a panel of football experts • Winner of the Dale carlia cup, Sweden • Finished 5th in the prestigious Kokkola Cup in Finland — July 2007. (36 teams participated) • Finished runners-up in the Dubai International Super Cup, at Dubai UAE, in April 2012 (teams from 5 Nationalities participated) • SEPT trainees represented India at junior levels in 2011, 2012, 2013and2014 • 2 boys each from SEPT represented India at the AFC Championships in 2009 and 2010 at the junior levels • Rated as the best soccer nursery in India by "Mathrubhumi Sports Masika" • Tata Football Academy recruits Asil K in 2012 • 16 Boys from SEPT were part of the Kerala state junior teams in 2012 and 2011 • 2 SEPT students received scholarships to join IMG Academy, Florida, USA • Lamm Ali awarded the best player (IJ-1 3) Of the year 2010, by Kerala Football Association • Anis K, awarded the Best Player (Under -13) of the year, 2006, by Kerala Football Association. • Asil. K , awarded the Best Player (1-1-13) of the Year 2009, by Kerala Football Assn. • SEPT team were the Kerala champions in the Manchester United Premier cup ( MUPC) 2011 and qualified to play the finals. • SEPT boys representing Farook HSS finished runners up in the Parikrma Champions league2011 • Tie up with Al-ahli Sports Club, UAE • SEPT trainees were awarded the best player of the year (Junior) by the Kerala Football Association in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2014 Mission To identify football talent among children from impoverished rural and tribal backgrounds through an intensive residential Programme, to nurture the talents to reach international standards, and in the process create awareness about football in the mainstream sporting arena of India Vision To become a world class grooming centre for football in India by imparting training of international standards and providing necessary amenities to talented children from impoverished rural and tribal areas of the country and thereby provide opportunities for these children in the mainstream sporting arena

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