After being at the helm of a training camp in which he provided training to professional football players, International footballer and well known name, Mehraj Ud Din Wadoo is going to hold refresher camp for the junior footballers from July 11 onwards.
The senior coaching camp, that has been going on since past one month at SP College ground has turned out as big success with more than 70 professional footballers thronging the venue everyday to learn new skills from the star footballer. While the camp has been going on, some junior level footballer also used to reach venue. Seeing the enthusiasm and response Wadoo decided to hold separate camp for the junior level players at Polo Ground from July 11.
The camp would be conducted by Wadoo with the aim to develop the grass root level football in the Valley during the summer vacations in which students get time to attain train. The camp would be open for the players in the age group from 10 years to 16 years.
"The ongoing senior camp is only meant for professional players who have been playing football for various clubs, departments of Valley. The aim behind junior camp would be to develop grass root level football and attract next generation towards the game," Wadoo said.
"The camp would be held for 10-days and it will a refresher course for rookies, novices. The age group would be 10 years to 16 years and we will try hard to develop sense of the game among them," he said.
He said that timing of the camp is such that students would find it easy to join as it falls during summer vacations.
"It will be special camp in which separate training schedule would be given to players. The timing would be during evening hours at around 3 PM at centrally located Polo Ground. We would request Sports Council to allow us to hold camp in the field. During normal days students hardly get time to attend training sessions like this. Keeping that in mind we have decided to hold this camp during summer vacations only," Wadoo said.
He said the Valley has got talent but we are unable to unearth and groom that. "There is no scarcity of talent in Kashmir in football. People love this game since ages and it is not going to recede. However, due to some reasons we are unable to find the talent that will make it to highest level. There must be some solid reasons behind this and we need to look into that," he said.
"If anyone will say that we have no talent, I will disagree with that as I think problem lies with the system. We need to unearth talent at very young age and then groom that. Till our grass root level structure will not be made strong our football will struggle," he added.
The interested players, students who want to join the camp have been asked to contact on cell no: 9796904757 for registration and further details.