Community Initiatives - Salgaocar FC
The Community Outreach Program – An integral part of the club’s activities!
Salgaocar FC is the only I-League club to have a full-fledged Community Outreach Program. The Program is organised in the club’s home town of Vasco. The curtains came down on the current edition of the club’s Community Outreach Program earlier this year, having been spread over 22 Sundays in the year between October 2014 and April 2015. In just the second year of it’s existence, the Program attracted close to 600 girls and boys in the age group of 6 to 11 years and has been very well received by children and parents alike. The fact that kids travel from as far as Ponda and Margao to Vasco every week is testimony to the success of the Program. The children are trained by the club’s highly qualified and experienced coaches and first team players. Given that the children look up to some of the first tem players as role models and watch them in action when taken to the club’s home I-League games, it is extremely motivational for them to turn up every Sunday and share the field with their heroes. The basics of the ‘beautiful game’ are imparted to these budding footballers using techniques that are both fun and engrossing. The most talented boys from the Community Program are inducted into the club’s renowned youth development system.
The Community Program is an integral part of what the club’s activities. The Durand Cup, won by the Senior team in November, 2014 was on display at the Community Program the following Sunday and the kids enrolled in the program were allowed to click pictures with the trophy and their cup-winning heroes. Also, when coach John McStay, Academy Manager at Celtic FC visited the club, he conducted a session for the coaches and kids from the Community Program, thereby further emphasizing the importance of the Community Outreach Program in the club’s annual calendar.
Salgaocar FC also organised 3 Grassroots festival through the course of the year, with the last of those being held on 15th May to commemorate ‘AFC Grassroots Day’. Children from the club’s Community Outreach Program, budding footballers from the club’s U-10 and U-12 teams and kids from the club’s three partner schools, participated in these festivals. The festivals were organised as they offer children the perfect opportunity to showcase their skills with the small-sided games in particular bringing their competitive spirit to the fore.