NorthEast United FC today launched its own residential youth academy to tap football talent in the eight northeastern states of the country. The plan fell into place after NEUFC joined hands with Shillong United FC, formerly known as Royal Wahingdoh FC, to develop the region into a footballing power centre.
The Centre of Excellence (CoE), as it has been baptized, will operate out of Shillong and offer the handpicked kids the best in terms of training, education and competition throughout the year. It was the first major step taken by the John Abraham- owned ISL side towards nurturing footballing talent across the eight states. “This is a dream come true,” John Abraham said while making the announcement. “When I bid for the team three years ago my first goal was to start a residential academy for the talented kids out there. We will all do everything in our power to provide every talented child the opportunity to learn and eventually play for the NEUFC first team.” he added. The CoE will create teams in the Under-13, the Under-15 and Under-18 categories so that the NEUFC has an abundance of young talent to choose from in the near future.
— NorthEast United FC (@NEUtdFC) July 19, 2017
North-east has been a powerhouse when it comes to developing players for the national team, but now with an organized youth setup in place, do you think we will get to see more quality talent coming up from North-East?