Bhubaneswar gets 3 Football Training Centres
Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the upcoming Intercontinental Cup 2023, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated three Football Training Centres in Bhubaneswar. With this, the city got Odisha Football Academy, Bhubaneswar Football Academy and Capital Arena Football.
The visionary initiative was developed at a cost of Rs. 90 crores and features a total of six FIFA certified pitches, including five natural and one synthetic football ground, LED flood lights, players changing room, gallery, gm, coach room and other amenities.
The three centres are situated at the heart of the city and are at close vicinity to each other thus giving an added advantage to players and multiple teams to train simultaneously especially during tournaments.
Inaugurating the centres Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “It is a great pleasure and pride to inaugurate the Odisha Football Academy, the Bhubaneswar Football Academy, and the Capital Football Arena. These sports infrastructures mark a significant milestone in the development of football in Odisha. They will provide world class training ground for football. With their launch, we aim to strengthen the football ecosystem and provide a nurturing environment for aspiring footballers to grow and flourish.”
“These facilities are equipped with top-notch facilities ensuring that athletes receive the best training and support to enhance their skills. These infrastructures reflect our commitment to promoting sports and nurturing talent in Odisha. I believe that these new facilities will not only encourage the youth to pursue their passion for football but also serve as a hub for Football training in the country,” he added.
Patnaik also announced that Girls football academy with artificial turf will be constructed at Aul in Kendrapada district.
Since there is a lot of passion for football in the state, hence state government is planning to introduce grassroots level training program for 6-12 years old kids at the three academies to encourage young kids from the state to take up football.
Referee Education program and Coaches Education program will also be conducted periodically in the centres.
The three centres will be training ground for National U-16 and U-19 National team, Odisha FC’s (Men, Women and Youth) and all State teams (both men and women). Training sessions of U-13, U-15, and U-18 state academies will be held here.
The centres will also be venue for State Leagues including FAO League, Odisha Women’s League, School Leagues and tournaments, local leagues thus promoting an all-round conducive environment for the growth and popularity of football.
The top-quality infrastructure will be on display for the world to see in the upcoming Intercontinental Cup 2023, that will feature; India, Lebanon, Mongolia and Vanuatu.
The tournament commences on June 9th, with Lebanon taking on Vanuatu, while the home team India will take on Mongolia in their first game of the campaign.