FootballFirst Sports Private Limited, a young budding company aiming to promote the beautiful game in the national capital has collaborated with the Bolton Wanderers Football Club International Soccer School (BWFC ISS) of England to organize a week-long football festival – FootballFirst International Festival. The festival will take place from the 14th-20th November at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. TheHardTackle provides all the details in regard to the path breaking and one of its kind venture undertaken by FootballFirst.

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers Football Club (BWFC) is a professional English football league club based in Bolton, England. The club was founded in 1874 and is one of the founding members of the football league in England. Since 2001, BWFC has been playing in the English Premier League, one of the most elite football leagues in the world. They have established themselves as one of the leading football clubs in the world based on their performances in the UEFA Cup and their record over the past ten years in the English Premier League.

Their continued success can be attributed to their embracing modern coaching methods with aspects like sports science and diet, playing a prominent role. In 2006, Bolton opened their International Soccer School – Bolton Wanderers Football Club International Soccer School (BWFC ISS), the first of its kind in the world.

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About FootballFirst

FootballFirst as a company that aims to work with schools and institutions across India to provide an exciting learning opportunity to boys and girls of all ages. They eventually aim to develop a pool of talented young footballers by incorporating skill, stamina and character in them. The company provides a range of programs in the capital like coaching, leagues and tournaments across schools and corporates and other events like Football Fiesta. Under the guidance of their charismatic leader, Mr. Chetan Misra, the company aims to provide the best to their trainees.

Chetan Misra, an alumnus of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, spent ample time in the United States, researching the reasons behind the resounding success of their model for women’s football, especially at the grass root level. FootballFirst has also teamed up with IAYP (International Award for Young People) to foster youth development in India through football.

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About the Event

FootballFirst International Festival will see highly experienced UEFA/FA Licensed coaches from Bolton Wanderers come to India periodically to craft and monitor the coaching programs in accordance with international techniques and methodologies. They will also conduct advanced Coach and Youth Development programs – on field/classroom training and football workshops for Coaches and Youth across India.

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The team of  coaches landing in India include –

David Fitzgerald

David joined BWFC in 2006 originally as a Talent Scout and Coach within the Academy Development Centers. Over the last five years, David has also worked with the BWFC Intentional Soccer School working with teams of all age groups from across the world. David’s main role at BWFCISS has been initializing a Coaching Programme in the USA, where he has visited on numerous occasions both alone and with other fellow coaches. Within this role he has been involved in developing partner clubs who we visit and Coach on a regular basis at different age groups.

Daniel James Clarke

Daniel has been coaching both Youth and Adult football for the last few years, gaining accreditation through Bolton Wanderers Coach Education Department at St John Rigby Sports College. Daniel has now worked with Bolton Wanderer Football Club and its International Soccer School for two years, joining them on completion of his College Education. Through the BWFC ISS Daniel has coached on International Programmes around the world including visit to Bangalore, India already; he has also coached on the BWFCISS Football Studies Programme based here in the UK. Daniel currently plays semi-professional football for local side St Helens Town FC.

The collaboration with BWFC ISS aims to:

• Raise the student’s technical, physical, mental and tactical skills to the highest possible standard.

• Provide an enjoyable, exciting and stimulating environment with quality supervision.

• Strive to develop the player’s sense of self-esteem, motivation and desire to learn via coaching and education.

BWFC ISS has been responsible for conducting similar programs in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Egypt, Iceland, Norway, Malta, Tanzania and the USA.

The event in India has been divided into small interactive modules. Here are the event timings and the dates:

· Advanced Team Coaching – 14th-18th November –9:30 am-12:30 pm

· The Football Link (seminar) – 14th November –5:30 pm-7:30 pm

· Football Coaching Camp – 15th-18th November –3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

· Skill Evaluation Test – 19th November –2:30 pm-5:30 pm

· Camp for Champs – 20th November –9:00 am-3:00 pm

In addition to this, as a part of a social initiative to promote football amongst the underprivileged youth, FootballFirst are inviting two NGOs to take part in this festival free of cost. Also the organizing team plans to distribute CDs/DVDs of coaching techniques taught by the Bolton Wanderers’ coaches during the festival, to all participants.

Schools Participating

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As Indian national team embarks on some new journies, moving into uncharted waters, we have big teams and players coming to ply their trade on our soil, one feels the need of big efficient academies in India. Companies like FootballFirst are certainly moving in the right direction for the cause, punching the line ‘ True to the player. True to the game’ .