LaLiga Football Schools Annual Scholarship is an initiative aimed at providing top performing young football players with an immersive experience in the hub of global football, Spain. The recipients of the 2019/20 scholarship will be decided through an intensive scouting process, starting with regional camps from 30th November 2019 onwards across cities in India.
The regional camps will be held in three cities in India: New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru on weekends from 30th November to 15th December 2019 for the best students across : U-11, U-13, U-15 and U-18 age categories in the LaLiga Football Schools programmes. 64 kids have been selected from each region to participate in the regional camps, of which 32 will be selected by head coaches and Javier Cabrera, Technical Director, LaLiga Football Schools for the national camp in January 2020. The players will be selected on the basis of following criteria: high technical skill, demonstrated history of progression and performance through the LaLiga Football Schools methodology, exemplary behaviour, attitudes and performance in academics and emulates the values of LaLiga Football Schools like commitment, effort, team spirit, respect, team work and humbleness.
Regional Camps schedule:
- New Delhi Regional Camp: 30th November – 1st December 2019
- Mumbai Regional Camp: 7th – 8th December 2019
- Bengaluru Regional Camp: 14th – 15th December 2019
Launched in the 2018/19 season, in association with the Embassy of Spain in India and India On Track (IOT), four students were awarded the LaLiga Football Schools Scholarship earlier this year. The aspiring football players visited Spain for a period of ten days and trained with LaLiga first division club, CD Leganes. An immersive experience was created for the students with them getting exposure to and learning from the club officials, Spain’s top youth players and coaches and experiencing the football culture in Spain.
Jose Antonio Cachaza, Managing Director, LaLiga India said, “Through LaLiga Football Schools, we want to make a genuine impact on football in India and we have undertaken several initiatives to engage with both, students and coaches here. The Scholarship programme is aimed at showcasing to our top students, and through them, all their peers, the standard of football in Spain and what they should aim for and work towards. The students who went to train with CD Leganes last year had an immensely impactful experience and we hope to provide an even better experience this year.”