The Delhi Dynamos Football Club, in its endeavor to strengthen its grassroots development programme, has tied up with Shaheed Vijay Singh Sports Complex to identify and nurture young talent in Uttar Pradesh.
Under this path-breaking initiative, DDFC will set up a state of the art football academy at the sports complex. It will be managed by the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), with DDFC providing all the technical support.
The MOU was signed today, with the commitment to make the academy functional from September 1, 2016.
Deepak Aggarwal, CEO of GNIDA, who addressed the press conference, looked elated and felt that Uttar Pradesh’s youth needed an academy like this to harness their footballing skills.
“It is a great pleasure to partner with Delhi Dynamos. All of us stakeholders share the same vision, of developing the sport and producing future football champions from this academy. We firmly believe that the academy will contribute towards the societal, economic and cultural development of the region,” Aggarwal said.
Delhi Dynamos president Mr. Prashant Agarwal expressed his pleasure about this association and said, “It is DDFC’s aim to help create a strong pool of young footballers. Academies such as the one will facilitate proper training and guidance to budding young talent in the state of Uttar Pradesh. U.P. is a state that is very close to our heart and this partnership is only the start to a long fruitful association.”
DDFC, a Delhi-based club which plays in the Hero Indian Super League, has shown that its commitment is towards football, rather than its own region, by looking to promote junior talent in Uttar Pradesh. The club, of course, also shares a very cordial relationship with the U.P. Government, having received a lot of support and encouragement from none other than its honorable chief minister, Shri. Akhilesh Yadav.
In fact, the team got the rare opportunity to unveil its team kit in front of the iconic Taj Mahal at the start of the Hero Indian Super League, a first in the history of Indian sport. Shri. Akhilesh Yadav also invited Mr. Gianluca Zambrotta, the newly appointed head coach of the club, to Lucknow to wish him luck for the upcoming season.
About Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex
Is a world-class multi facility complex, was set-up by the GNIDA with a total investment of INR 130 Crores. Spread over approximately 40 acres, it houses an international-style cricket ground which serves as the home ground to the Afghanistan National Cricket Team. Apart from that, the complex also boasts of badminton courts, synthetic tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, a skating rink, a gym, an Olympic size swimming pool, a football ground and a 400m-athletics track and a state of the art multi-purpose indoor stadium.