“It will be known as the Garware House Football Academy. We want to give the town’s boys and girls an opportunity and encourage them to play football. We have booked the Cooperage football field for this purpose every weekend from 7am to 8am, like “We wanted a good pitch for the kids. We already play cricket, my idea was that we should also start with football. I’m glad that my idea was supported by the whole board of the club and we are starting a football academy for the first time in the club’s history Nitin Dalal, chairman of GCH’s Cricket and Sport Committee and ex-secretary and treasurer of the Mumbai Cricket Association, told TOI on Thursday.
“We will have certified trainers and coaches who will build a competitive team that will take part in different tournaments,” he added.
Traditionally, GCH has always boasted a strong cricket team, based at Karnatak Sporting Ground, which has featured players such as former Indian players Polly Umrigar and Bapu Nadkarni. Garware’s team has reached the Kanga League KO round this year.
“Interest in football is growing. We have already received 25 registrations and we are expecting more. At the moment many children are out of town because of the summer holidays. Interest will increase because we have the World Cup in Qatar later this year”, said Dalal.
GCH already has indoor sports facilities for squash, badminton, tennis, table tennis, billiards, carrom, chess, virtual golf, billiards, cards and a multi-sports arena with a separate cricket field, as well as a bowling machine and a swimming pool.
The President of GCH is NCP supremo and ex-ICC, BCCI and MCA President Sharad Pawar.
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