Sporting Clube de Goa All-Goa football trials
(left to right) Jovel Martins, Rowllin Borges, Victor Fernandes (SCG CEO), Mahesh Lotlikar (Head of Youth dev.), Eddie Noronha (G. secretary), Victorino Fernandes, Joyner Lourenco, Mackroy Peixote.
In keeping with its motto of GROWING GOA’S GAME! Sporting Clube de Goa is proud to announce All-Goa Football Trials to join the SCG Football Academy. The announcement was made at a press conference at Don Bosco Club House, Panjim on Friday.
The Trials will be held between the 29th of April and 8th of May and will take place at 4 venues in both districts of Goa, in order to cast the club’s net far and wide and pick up the best talent in the state.
The venues to be utilized in the North are Don Bosco ground, Panjim and Duler Stadium, Mapusa while in the south, Navelim ground and Raia ground will be used.
The trials will be split into three categories, firstly U-14, secondly U-16 and thirdly a combined category for U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 boys.
The SCG Academy was set up last year on the 16th of August 2013 at the hands of the AIFF technical director Scott O’donnell, with the aim to provide an opportunity for Goan youngsters to become professional footballers by working their way through the ranks.
Since then the telephone has not stopped ringing, with requests from parents from all over India wanting to know how they can get their son enrolled.
It is the club’s aim to give maximum opportunity to Goan talent and that is why these trials have been arranged, which will also be a major asset to the club’s ongoing scouting efforts.
Due to its commitment to Youth development the club has become the U-19 I-League champions in 2010, GFA U-18 League Champions in 2010 and Taca Goa U-20 Champions in 2012.
Sporting Clube de Goa has invested heavily in Infrastructure by building a Club House and renovating the training grounds. The club has also sourced the latest training methodologies from Spain, along with foreign Coaches to compliment the Goan coaches.
“All the Academy players go to the Stadium to watch the SCG senior teams home games, which is very inspiring for them and helps them to understand the philosophy of the club, “stated the Sporting Clube de Goa’s Head of Youth development Mahesh Lotlikar (A-Licence).
“The club encourages you to combine pursuing your studies along with playing football, which is very important,” remarked the Sporting Clube de Goa General Secretary Eddie Noronha.
“We ask the media to help us in spreading the message of these trials so that maximum number of Goan youth can be made aware and have the opportunity to try out for the SCG Academy,” signed of Sporting Clube de Goa CEO Victor Fernandes.
Present on the occasion were six senior team players who graduated from the youth academy. The following are excerpts from their glowing testimonials:
“The club gave me a platform to prove myself and today I am playing for the Indian national team.”
– Victorino Fernandes
“I had the chance to join other clubs, but this is the place where I felt I would progress further.” When I was a youngster I used to go and watch Sporting Clube de Goa at the Stadium, they had a nice style which I liked.”
– Rowllin Borges
“Training with the senior team while still an Academy U-20 player, gave me an experience of what it is like to be a professional footballer. It is a great confidence booster.”
– Joyner Lourenco
The club has a good blend of foreign coaches and local expertise, which is a great environment for any budding young talent to learn their trade,”
“This club is really looking to give promotion to Goan Footballers and they make a real effort to tap talent in the villages.”
The coaches have the ability to improve players technically, tactically, physically and psychologically. There is also a back room staff which gives good nutritional and injury prevention knowledge,”
U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20
29th April @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (Report time 8.30 am)
30th April @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (Report time 8.30 am)
5th May @ Navelim ground (Report time 8.30 am)
6th May @ Navelim ground (Report time 8.30 am)
2nd May @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (Report time 8.30 am)
3rd May @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (Report time 8.30 am)
5th May @ Raia ground (Report time 4pm)
6th May @ Raia ground (Report time 4pm)
1st May @ Don Bosco ground, Panjim (Report time 3pm)
2nd May @ Don Bosco ground, Panjim (Report time 3pm)
7th May @ Navelim ground (Report time 8.30 am)
8th May @ Navelim ground (Report time 8.30 am)
Age group eligibility:
U-17, U-18, U-19, U20 = Born between 1st January 1995 and 1st January 1998
U-16 = Born on or after 1st January 1999
U-14 = Born on or after 1st January 2001