Former Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia has been a household name for a long time when it comes to Indian football. The man quite literally was the torchbearer of Indian football in the international arena.

 

 

After his retirement, he felt that there are some very good players that come from weaker sections of society who because of lack of funds are not able to fulfil their dreams of becoming a professional footballer. His dream was to produce as many footballers as possible who could reach a standard to represent India and bring glory to the country. Today, after seven years, Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools have earned a place where it can easily be said that BBFS is the biggest organisation in India which has been working relentlessly in the grass route level to produce quality footballers. Presently, BBFS has opened 23 training centres in six cities in India. The number of their students has crossed over 100.

 

 

 

BBFS is already an AIFF affiliated academy and its under-18 and under-15 teams have been participating in the Junior I-league championships for the last couple of years. More interestingly, BBFS has made a tie-up with Garhwal FC, a Delhi-based club that takes part in the New Delhi first division league. BBFS plans to set up a residential school next.  “Our next step is to introduce a residential football school.Thirty to forty best boys, to be spotted from our all centres, will be staying there along with modern infrastructural facilities.” Said Bhutia, the former Indian captain.

Do you think more footballers should come forward to help the development of the game in the country on grassroot level?

 

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