FIFA/ANFA Grassroots Coaching Course began here in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
A total of 30 coaches are taking part in the five-day long course being conducted by FIFA Grassroots instructor Yvon Avry.
ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa inaugurated the course amidst a programme. President Sherpa among VP Krishna Thapa & Upendra Man Singh and GS Indraman Tuladhar briefed the participant’s about the event.
Speaking in the programme, ANFA President Sherpa said, “Grassroots football is the foundation of football development.”
“I would like to extend my wishes to all the participants and hope you all will make best out of the course.”
The All Nepal Football Association distributed football equipment and funds to all the affiliated 45 districts for grassroots development, at the ANFA Complex, on Tuesday.All the 45 district football associations were provided equipment worth Rs. 100,000 each and Rs. 500,000 each for infrastructure development. Of the 45 districts, 10 hills districts were provided Rs. 500,000 extra considering the expensiveness in building infrastructure due to difficult land terrains.The 10 districts are Baglung, Dhankuta, Dolakha, Illam, Kavre, Lamjung, Palpa, Panchthar, Sindhupalchowk and Syanjga. ANFA Vice President and Grassroots Coordinator Upendraman Singh delivered a presentation about grassroots football to Chief Guest Ishwar Pokhrel, Defense Minister, and representatives of the 45 district football associations before making a commitment to work more for the cause. Minister Pokhrel said he was delighted by the initiative taken by the football association to develop football from the base and assured of further assistance from the government. ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa, whose main development agenda is grassroots football, said that without a strong base, development at the highest level is impossible. He requested all the district football associations to contribute towards its development. ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar and Ex.Co Member/ Spokesperson Kiran Rai also spoke on the occasion.The funding and the equipment has been managed from the FIFA Forward Programme. The equipment worth Rs. 100,000 consisted of balls, bibs and cones.
Grassroot football is a new concept introduced by ANFA which aims to develop quality of the sport and interest among the youths right from the local and minute level. All Non-Professional / Non – Elite football is a part of Grassroot Football. ANFA’s grassroot believes in “Participation Based on Interest – Not Skill” and maintains that children should be let free to make their own choices, refraining parents and coaches to make them do things. ANFA is confident on having a dynamic exciting and rewarding competition through this belief. In Grassroot, safety of football players comes first and bilateral relationship, teamwork and skill development is emphasized.
Football is one of the most loved sport in Nepal. However, there still lies a lot of challenges as only a few tournaments achieve success and phenomenal results. Introduction of Grassroot Football will attract and develop young players right from young age of eight or less eventually contributing in taking a huge step towards creating a brighter future of Nepali Football.