‘Footprints in the Sand’ – A 60 year journey with Salgaocar FC
On the occasion of Salgaocar Football Club completing 60 years the club launched a book ‘Footprints in the Sand’ to commemorate the history & legacy of their journey. The Club also honoured some of its long-time serving players at the celebration which took place at Panjim on the birth centenary of its founder, the late Mr. V.M.Salgaocar.
Launched in 1956-57 under the name Vimson, who went on to win the Second Division in its debut year in an unrivalled manner. Later the club came to be known as Clube Desportivo Salgaocar before 1961 & Salgaocar Sports Club post. The current name & logo was coined & launched in 2012. Speaking at the event; the club’s President, Mr Shivanand Salgaocar said “My father started the club to give back to Goa & to promote Goan footballing talent, a responsibility which I take very seriously. Our youth development & grassroots initiatives are an extension of this mandate.”
Since its inception, Salgaocar Football Club has evolved from a team of part-time footballers playing locally in Goa, to a formidable national-level club with an acclaimed grassroots program, but the purpose of the existence of the club has remained the same – to promote football in Goa and give an opportunity to Goan footballing talent. The Community Outreach Program saw over 650 children from in and around Vasco enrolled in its third year. In the Youth Development Program, the U-14 and U-16 teams were both crowned GFA league winners, while the U-18 team topped the Goa zone of the junior I-League and the U-20 team is on the verge of being promoted to the GFA First Division.
The Vice-President – Youth Development, Ms. Swati Salgaocar also added “We at Salgaocar FC have always maintained that football is more than just a game, it’s our passion, and looking at everyone gathered here today I can safely say that Salgaocar FC is more than just a club, it’s a family. It was these sentiments that led us to document the history of the club and chronicle its achievements. Having personally been involved with the book, it has been overwhelming to read accounts of players and coaches over the years and makes me proud to be a part of this tradition.”
‘Footprints in the Sand’ was launched at the hands of Mr. Alisab Sadekar, Mr. Candido Abreu & Alcantara Barreto in the presence of Mr S. V. Salgaocar, Mrs Ranjana Salgaocar club’s vice-president Mr. Vivek Salgaocar, Ms Swati Salgaocar.