Fateh Hyderabad to tap grass-root football talent

Fateh Hyderabad to tap grass-root football talent

THE HANS INDIA |   Oct 07,2016 , 02:07 AM IST

Yogesh Maurya and Tom Byer announcing the launch of ‘One Child, One Ball Fateh Hyderabad Grassroots’ program in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Yogesh Maurya and Tom Byer announcing the launch of ‘One Child, One Ball Fateh Hyderabad Grassroots’ program in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Hyderabad: For all its passionate drive to make a name as one of the best managed professional unit, Fateh Hyderabad AFC on Thursday showcased its humane side that is likely to give a new vibrancy to talent scouting, particularly in unexplored regions. Tapping grass-root footballers is the governing mantra of Fateh Hyderabad AFC, which is set to consolidate its stature in the ensuing I-League 2nd Division Season.

A meeting between the club’s founder-boss Yogesh Maurya and Tom Byer, a 55-year-old preeminent person widely revered as the godfather of Japanese Youth Football, has given birth to "One Child, One Ball Fateh Hyderabad Grassroots" program. In an interaction with media here,  Maurya and Tom Byer stated that among the first to sign up for the program was Iris Florets Group of Schools.

“We will be imparting this program with hundreds of kindergartens and primary schools across the city. This will be by way of introduction of a bottom-up approach of developing skilled players in our bid to revive Hyderabad football glory and make it the model of change in Asia,” Maurya said.

Byer has been globe-trotting to introduce to kindergarten boys and girls the art of ball manipulation with a sound technique to make the youngsters complete footballers. Japan and China have benefitted immensely through his school of education.

Maurya added, “Iris Florets has mandated play-areas at all of their pre-schools to ensure physical development and overall health of the children.  Our philosophies match perfectly.” Arshiya Afsar, Co-founder and Executive Director of Iris Florets Schools was also present on the occasion.