Lahore, 28 June ; ‘Much like the game of football, in which a team of 11 players have to work together to achieve results, Vision Asia (VA) identified 11 areas which needed to be worked on in order to develop the game’s growth in the country. One of them is “Youth and Grassroots” which will flourish only with academies, Kids centre. It is fine achievement by Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) who launched PFF Kids Football Centre from 5 June 2009 for the growth of the game,” this is stated by Vision Asia Director Brendan Menton at PFF Kids Centre situated alongside Cycling Velodrome, and lie in between Punjab Stadium and FIFA Football House inside Nishtar Sports Complex, Feroz pur road.
Menton was accompanied Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)’s Secretary General Lt. Col ®Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi, Director Operation Wng Cmdr ® Pervaiz Saeed Mir, VA’s Chief Coordinator Arif Siddiqui, other members Imtiaz Rehman, Dr. Annathurai Ranganathan, Ali Targholizadeh and Ameez Mohamed
“PFF Grassroots and Youth Cell aims to improve the quality of youth football and increase the football-playing base in this part of the world. Under PFF’s President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat’s directive, PFF took a much-needed step to introduce the Kid football Centre to nurture players at the Grass Root Level,’ said Mir who added that three-days – Friday to Sunday – are being reserved for the Centre. The youngsters, in two Age Group 6-9 and 10-12, will get training from 6 to 8 PM during three-days.
Menton stressed for such Kids Centre in every district of Pakistan and said “No one can deny the fact that Computer and Channels have limited children to their homes and class rooms. The result of this trend is very obvious to their natural growth and physical needs. Scientific Research accentuates the need of open air physical activities, necessary for their anaerobic as well as aerobic metabolism. The flairs include in Football are health, stamina, strength, agility, discipline , team spirit and the atmosphere at PFF Kids Center will provide the youngsters the opportunity to learn, compete, progress and develop as a good player.”
“The experienced Technical/Administration teams of PFF, AFC AID -27 and other qualified coaches will be available at PFF Kids Centre to take up the task and the upcoming boys will attain the self respect and meet the expectations of their parents and School teachers,” concluded Lodhi.
Monday 29th June 09 fixtures:
PFF U16 Youth Cup Finals – Peshawar Blue v Faisalabad White (Punjab University New Campus Ground, Lahore 6.30 PM), Sargodha v FATA (Mini Stadium, Company Bagh, Sargodha 6.30 PM)