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Bobby Charlton Soccer & Sports Academy London, UK conducted a Residential Football Camp at Jain International Residential School football ground from 19 Oct to 23 Oct 05. Premier India Football Academy (PIFA), Mumbai, and Jain Academy for Sporting Excellence, Bangalore organized the camp. Mr. Simon Jennings, Training Director of BCSS and an UEFA Coach along with Mr. Dean Gregory, an F A qualified coach conducted the coaching camp. Mr. Rajashekaran and Mr. Kishore Chavan, NIS qualified coaches of Jain Academy for Sporting Excellence assisted them in the coaching programme. PIFA Director Mr. Nirvan Shah was the Chief Co-ordinator.

David Beckam, England Captain and Real Madrid Star is a product of BCSS Academy and winner of the skill contest test conducted by this academy in the year 1988. A skill contest test was also conducted to our camp students during the camp. BCSS conducts camp of this nature around India and the winner who scores the highest aggregate points in the skill test will travel to Manchester to join similar selected students from across the Globe who participates in the World Final skill contest.

A total of 31 students attended the camp out of which 27 students were from JIRS and JASE inclusive of 02 girls from JASE. 4 students from other states participated in the camp.

The training schedule started on 19 Oct 2005 at 14:00hrs with an audio-visual programme of activities of this nature conducted at different parts of the world.

The daily schedule was as given below:
07:30am – 07:50am - Breakfast
08:30am – 09:00am - Briefing in AV Room
09:00am – 10:30am – Coaching Session
10:30am – 10:45am - Juice & Snacks at football ground
10:45am – 12:00pm – Coaching Session
12:30pm – 12:50pm – Lunch
01:30pm – 04:30pm – Coaching Session
05:00pm – 05:30pm – Snacks & Tea
05:30pm – 06:15pm – Recreation
07:30pm- 07:50pm - Dinner

The children were briefed about the day’s plan of the camp in the daily morning meetings at 8.30 to 9.00am.

Training Session:
Warming up sessions were very innovative with aerobic exercises. Different teaching aids like dummies for dribbling, mini hurdles, ladders, cones, poles, gates, mini goal posts were used in the camp. The following techniques were given importance for the improvement of the students:
Free kick
Ball Control
They introduced SAQ (speed, agility and quickness training) exercises to the children.

The students were divided into 2 categories, age wise with Seniors from 14 to 18 yrs and Juniors from 10 to 13 yrs. The Senior students were coached by Mr. Simon Jennings and Juniors by Mr. Dean Gregory. The first session started with a warming up by using ladders and mini hurdles from simple to dynamic, progressively by combining both groups. Passing was the first technical skill taught to the students. Thereafter the sessions were of dribbling from simple to complex, ball control from simple to complex, shooting and free kicks. The children were given frequent water breaks, other than the scheduled break, as it was too humid. The children were interacting with the coaches and clarifying their doubts during the breaks.

Skill test were conducted for the following:
Bleep test for endurance
Accuracy (Passing)

Everyday during the audio-visual session, a test was conducted based on psychology (SCAT) and Football quiz. In the later part of daily training session a mini league was conducted dividing the groups into 4 teams. On 22 Oct 2005 there was a match played between the campers where their tactical intelligence and efficiency of implementing the learnt skills were observed.

Based on the above test and observations, trainees were given points.

The rankings were categorised as follows: -
> Most skillful player of the camp
> Best motivator
> Best in quiz

In addition trainees of Senior and junior categories were adjudged for the following award.
> Player of Attitude and Hard Work
> Skillful Player

The following students were the prizewinners:
> Master Archit Gupta (JASE) – Most skillful player of the camp (He was awarded a Nike Football)
> Miss Shalaka Lunawat (JASE) – Best motivator
> Master Parth Shah (Mumbai) – Best in Quiz

> Most Skillful Player - Master Rio, St. Joseph College (Bangalore)
> Player of Attitude -Master Millan Mandalia (JIRS)
> Best Goal Keeper -Master Rishab Kedia (JASE)

> Most Skillful Player - Master Archit Gupta (JASE)
> Player of Attitude - Master Aditya Agarwal (JIRS)

On the whole the camp was a big success. It generated lot of interest and enthusiasm and the feedback from trainees was excellent. The campers had a great time and they interacted with the coaches wholeheartedly to learn the latest techniques. The coaches of BCSS were impressed with the campers exemplary behavior and positive attitude. The practice sessions were intense, variation in drills for the same techniques were good and the same were implemented in the match. The different teaching aids employed by the coaches increased the interest and motivated the students to excel in performing the skills. Camps of similar nature will encourage and motivate the students to be more competitive and perform at the highest level.

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