CHANDIGARH, MAY 25 : Minerva Academy FC, the champions of India at the U-15 level, will be conducting the Champion’s Summer Camp at the sprawling lush green academy campus in Mohali from June 1.
After the success of the first camp and the growing demand from kids all over the country, the management of the only professional club from Chandigarh have decided to conduct one more for the summer, but with limited seats this time. The duration of the camp will be for one month.
The first camp had 75 kids from all over the country but to make the program better and to give more specific one-on-one attention, the seat will be limited to just 50 this time. Admission will be solely on the first come basis.
The camp will include daily I-League style practice and training to be conducted by the Minerva Academy coaches. Technical and Tactical session will be conducted by AFC A license coach of the club, Surinder Singh while GK coach Sandeep Singh will help in the development of the goalkeepers.
Kids will be educated on common injuries that footballs are prone to and they will be taught as to how they should avoid such injuries and deal with them, in case they get injured.
Apart from all these, to give them a feel of a professional club, they will be taken for Hydrotherapy session, cross-fit training session. Club Director, Ranjit Bajaj, who is a motivational Guru, will take care of the Motivational sessions.
The kids in the camp will undergo the same training, that made the U-15 team champions of India and the senior team staring at gaining promotion to the I-League. This is also the same training that the five kids, selected for the U-17 World Cup camp and U-14 National Team camp went through.
Kids will be given one on one counselling and feedback sessions will also be organised with parents. Lastly, during the course of the camp, kids will be exposed to several practice matches with other clubs or teams.
Lastly, the best kids from these camps might be selected for the various age group Minerva team.
“I am very happy with the summer camp. I came here just for 30 days but now I am hearing that another camp will start again. I am going to stay back for one more month,” said Malem Meitei, who came all the way from Manipur to attend the camp.
Malem’s friend from Uttarakhand, Devendra Negi was feeling bad as he won’t be able to continue with the Champion’s Camp. “We had a holiday planned in advance, so I will be travelling with my parents. Feeling so bad that I won’t be able to continue with the Champion’s camp.”
However Devendra had a reason to rejoice. “The coaches here mapped me when I joined the camp and yesterday, when I was shown the progress I have made in this 25 days, I couldn’t believe myself. The result of improvement is far above my expectation,” he said.
Fees for kids below 11 years will be Rs 6000, for kids age between 12 to 15, it ill be Rs 7000 while for those above 15 years of age, it will be Rs 8000.
Registration will close on May 30.