Hoshiarpur, July 8, 2018 ( By Madhur Vyas): The Punjab Government run football academy at Mahilpur in Hoshiarpur District is proving to be a nursery of the budding football stars as well as playing a prominent role in advancing ‘Mission Tandarust Punjab’. The catchline of the mission i.e. ‘Changi Sehat Changi Such’ fits the academy perfectly as it has been instrumental in producing many players of repute with 200 making their mark at the international level apart from State & National level.

               The Deputy Commissioner  Vipul Ujwal has said that the sports play a significant part in keeping the youth away from the drug menace besides generating positive thinking and making the body healthy and robust. He said that the academy is providing top class coaching under the tutelage of the football coach Harjit Singh courtesy the sports department of the district. He further said that the players are trained in the 3 age groups namely- U-14, U-7 & U-19. The selected players have their schooling at Sardar Baldev Singh Government Senior Secondary School, Mahilpur.

Disclosing more, Vipul Ujwal said that 60 talented players are provided training annually absolutely free of cost and Rs. 43 lakh are being spent by the State Government on providing free hostel, medical, sports kits, nutritious diet besides other facilities to the players. He also said that every player is being given a nutritious diet worth Rs. 200 each day.

               Football Coach Harjit Singh said that this academy is one of the prestigious ones, the players are basically given chance to play at the state level primarily whereas the U-17 team participates in the Governor’s Cup also in which tournament the academy has performed well. He also divulged that the academy trained players have carved out a niche in the All India Clubs too and have also managed to bag jobs in the sports quota. He termed it as a matter of great pride for Punjab in general and Hoshiarpur in particular that many players are achieving success at the State, National and the International level.

               Detailing more, Harjit Singh said that the academy has produced players of the likes of Amarinder Singh, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Balwant Singh, Karanjit Singh Parmar, Baljit Sahni, Munish Kumar Bhargav, Sukhdev Singh, Gagandeep Bali ‘Ghati’, Amanpreet, Anwar Ali, Rishi Rajput and Saurav Kumar. He elaborated that he has trained 120 players during the 2 years he has been giving coaching and now is the 3rd batch undergoing training. He also said that every year 60 budding players are trained which represent State in various tourneys.