ITANAGAR, Jan 10: Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) is all set to undertake All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) ambitious Grassroots Programme throughout Arunachal Pradesh in phase-wise manner from March next.
The first phase of the programme will be launched in Capital Complex under the guidance of AIFF’s Grassroots Programme Director Anju Turambekar, informed APFA general secretary Kipa Ajay. Registration of children for the programme will start on January 11 at APFA office, Naharlagun.
Grassroots football is for boys and girls between 6-12 years of age. The program aims to provide playing opportunities to as many children as possible in the age group of 6-12 years. It also aims to reach 350,000 kids across the country. It acts as a starting point in the player development pathway. The top players from the Grassroots Program, after reaching the age of 12, will be identified by the states and if seen as good enough, will be inducted into various academies run by clubs and the AIFF.
Further, APFA is organizing a seminar on football refereeing on January 14 at Naharlagun as part of football development as well as promotion of refereeing in the state.
AIFF’s Referee Chairman Gautam Kar will chair the meeting and give detailed information regarding referee structures and registration; Ajay informed and sought participation of all the District Sports Officers, presidents and secretaries of District Football Associations, coaches, referees and senior players in the meeting.