Sporting Clube de Goa adopt Sacred Heart H/S, Anjuna


Sporting Clube de Goa adopt Sacred Heart H/S, Anjuna

In a span of less than ten days, Sporting Clube de Goa (SCG) continued to Grow Goa’s Game by swiftly adopting a third Institution for their School Community Grassroots Program, at Anjuna on Friday.
Sacred Heart H/S, Anjuna became the latest educational establishment to enjoy the privilege, which already includes St. Xavier’s Institute H/S, Curtorim and Pope John XXIII H/S, Quepem.
The club is hoping that through the partnership, where they will offer coaching best practice amongst the necessary equipment to reach for the sky, the School will be able to contribute to their future achievements.
This confidence stems from the fact that the SCG U-14 team matched their senior counterparts this year by winning the state League, which included talented boys from Don Bosco H/S, Panjim where the Academy is based.
Sacred Heart High School Manager Fr Thomas Gonsalves gave the welcome speech in which he thanked SCG President Peter Vaz for providing the impetus and SCG CEO Victor Fernandes for his tireless support.
Sporting Goa U-20 star Jesmon Carvalho who is a former student of the School was introduced to the children during assembly along with other local Flaming Oranje role models, Pratesh Shirodkar and Lesten Martins.
These home grown heroes set the tone for the special ceremony which unfolded. “The talented footballers in the School will get the chance to be absorbed into the SCG Academy, just like Jesmon,” remarked Sporting Goa General Secretary Edward Noronha.
“The state is currently gripped by World Cup fever, but we want to maintain that enthusiasm right up to the U-17 World Cup that India will be hosting and beyond. The SCG Program is a small endeavor taken by our club towards achieving that goal,” stated Sporting Goa manager Angelo Albuquerque.
Whilst signing the Memorandum of Understanding, Sacred Heart H/S Headmistress Mrs. Khan requested her students to truly dedicate themselves to sport along with their studies.
Also present on the occasion was Sporting Goa Head of Youth development Mahesh Lotlikar, SCG Assistant Coach Alex Alvares, PE teacher Uday Naik and football Coach Fausto Lobo. Teacher Barbara Pereira was the compeer.

PHOTO: Sacred Heart H/S, Anjuna Headmistress Mrs. Khan seen along with others.



Interview with SCG star Beevan D’Mello

During the current off-season, while many Indian footballers are soaking up the sun on an exotic holiday abroad or drinking extra strong cups of coffee to help them stay up the night, to watch the explosive action of the FIFA World Cup, a group of I-League stars decided to enroll on an AFC “C” Licence course in Goa.

Sporting Clube de Goa’s Beevan D’Mello gave his thoughts on the recently ended course which he attended. The following are excerpts from the interview:

1. What were your initial thoughts when you heard about the course?

“I heard about the course on-line through the Football Players Association of India. My immediate reaction was that this sounds very interesting. I called up a few of my close colleagues in the game to discuss the idea. They were very excited to sign up, though had prior engagements, but I still decided to go ahead.”

2. Why did you decide to participate in the Coaching course while still playing?

“The course was being held in Goa so it was very convenient for me; although I did I cut short my holiday in Dubai to attend. Some things are worth pursuing and this is one of them as I feel a player’s career is short and one has to keep the future in mind.”

3. What are the new things that you learned from the course?

“There were actually a lot of new ideas I took home from the course. It was very beneficial for coaching youth and I may add that this was not the way we were taught to play football when we were younger. Football is continuously evolving and so must the methodology at the grassroots. For example, we often see young players playing with size 5 balls, but we were instructed to ensure youngsters train with age appropriate equipment.”

4. Has the course increased your interest in coaching as a career?

“Yes definitely! I am still only 27 so I hope to be playing for many more years, but this has strengthened my interest for coaching. We got to train younger players and make a real difference in their lives which is something I enjoyed and found highly rewarding.”

5. Did the course live up to your expectations?

“The course lived up to my expectations and more. Actually before signing up for the course I felt it would be pretty easy, but it was actually very challenging and has made me more respectful of all my coaches right from childhood. A lot of planning has to be done to conduct a successful session.”

6. Do you feel a good player can make a good coach?

“I believe that a good player can become a good coach, because he can showcase good technique which is an important part of coaching. There are also other attributes such as communication and organizational ability which a good player will have to possess to transform into a good coach. We have seen so many examples of great players who have not lived up to expectation when making the transition into coaching, at the same there are born leaders who excel.”

7. Would you recommend the course to other fellow professionals?

“Yes, I would encourage as many Indian professional footballers as possible to sign up for the course. For India to participate at the World Cup one day we need a lot of good coaches at the grassroots and this is one way that we can give back to the game and the country. Rob Baan’s Lakshya plan is a good model for us to follow.”

8. Is there anything you would like to add regarding the course?

“I would like to applaud the Aiff and FPAI for giving us this wonderful opportunity and also thank our instructor Sir Marcus (Pacheco) and Mariano Dias who assisted him, for both having patience with us. The group had a lot of fun while learning at the same time.”

9. Finally, who are you supporting in the ongoing World Cup and what is your prediction?

“I was supporting Spain, but since they have gone home early, my support has shifted to Argentina, as I am fan of Lionel Messi. I believe Brazil is the favourites as the home support can come in handy during the later stages. Also I feel Netherlands can succeed if they continue with their current lively form.”

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s Beevan D’Mello addressing a group of boys near his village in Raia.

Sporting Clube de Goa adopt Pope John XXIII High School


Sporting Clube de Goa adopt Pope John XXIII High School

“Think big, believe big, act big and the result will be big,” was the slogan written on the wall as the officials from Sporting Clube de Goa entered the assembly of Pope John XXIII High School, (a Don Bosco Institute), Quepem, with whom they signed a memorandum of understanding to adopt, on Friday.
This was the second school to tie up with the club this week, which forms an important part of their School Community Grassroots program and facilitates their long term player development model.
The football tie-up between the two organizations will ensure the School’s age group teams are provided with quality kit and equipment, besides the recipe for success on the field.
The Principal of Pope John Paul XXIII, Fr Domnic Savio Fernandes is no stranger to the Flaming Oranje, as he was previously the headmaster of Don Bosco High School in Panjim where the club trains, so they are aware of his acumen for sports administration. “I am certain it will not take long for our players to be representing Sporting Clube de Goa. I thank SCG President Peter Vaz for investing in our reservoir of Goan talent,” remarked Fr Domnic Savio.
“Sporting Clube de Goa has been quietly involved with Community projects for many years. In addressing the changing environment of Indian football, the club has decided to expand its initiatives to ensure Goan Football can maintain its football status in the country,” reasoned Sporting Goa Manager Angelo Albuquerque.
Sporting Goa General Secretary Edward Noronha highlighted the career opportunities Sporting Goa can offer the students. “Recently five of our senior players were called up for trials for the India U-23 team for the Asian games. Three of them namely Joyner Lourenco, Rowlin Borges and Keenan Almeida are hailing from Goa, which is the biggest representation of Goan players out off all the I-League clubs,” remarked Edward.
Sporting Goa Head of Youth development Mahesh Lotlikar along with SCG senior stars Keenan Almeida and Clemente Joseph were also present on the occasion.

PHOTO: The Principal of Pope John Paul XXIII H/S, Fr Domnic Savio Fernandes seen among others.



Sporting Clube de Goa adopt St Xaiver’s H/S, Curtorim

Sporting Clube de Goa adopt St Xaiver’s H/S, Curtorim

As part of their School Community Grassroots Program, I-League outfit Sporting Clube de Goa has adopted St. Xavier’s Institute High School, Curtorim, on Tuesday.
The tie-up which includes the football development of U-14 and U-17 boys and girls teams was announced by the management of Sporting Goa at a special ceremony held at the School.
St Xaviers H/S, Curtorim had won the Sporting Clube de Goa U-12 youth league involving 24 teams in 2012, which brought the School under the scanner of the club’s scouts as a breeding ground for raw talent. This encouraged the management to forge greater ties with the School in their quest for success.
In the inaugural year of the SCG Academy, the Sporting Clube de Goa U-14 Team lifted the GFA U-14 All-Goa title, which brought sheer delight to the SCG President Peter Vaz. This led to the SCG All-Goa Academy trials, where the club received a huge response from talented Goan footballers stretching from Bicholim in the North to Canacona in the South.
In keeping with its motto of “GROWING GOA”S GAME”, Sporting Clube de Goa has now decided to launch the School Community Grassroots Program, to reach out and engage further with the Goan populace through associate centers.
“In the past we have selected players from Curtorim who have excelled on the field, but have not done well in their studies. By tying up with the School at the Youth level we envisage the boys being able to do well in both studies and sports,” explained Sporting Goa manager Angelo Albuquerque.
Sporting Goa General Secretary Edward Noronha explained to the young players that the club has enjoyed a very successful season and hoped that they could become part of the clubs history. “It was an eventful year for the Flaming Oranje, where the senior team annexed the Goan Double by securing the Airtel Goa Pro League title along with the GFA Knock out Cup, besides finishing fifth in the I-League and runners up in the Federation Cup,” stated Edward.
The tie-up between Sporting Clube de Goa and St Xavier’s Institute High School will include providing kit and equipment, along with football clinics by SCG Coaches, star player visits, monitoring of School matches, and dietary advice for the parents of the wards.
After signing the Memorandum of Understanding, the St Xaviers headmistress Melania Da Costa thanked the club for their generosity and urged her students to take full advantage of the gift bestowed on them.
Also present on the occasion was SCG Head of Youth development Mahesh Lotlikar, Former India International footballer Roberto Fernandes, chairman of the school management Arnaldo Costa, members of the School committee Maria Carma Rodrigues and Nevis Tellis, PTA chairperson Ujena Mascarenhas and Sarpanch Valentina Braganza. Atmanand Pednekar compeered the function, while Jackson Noronha proposed the vote of thanks.
Photo: St Xaviers Institute H/S head Mistress Melania Da Costa along with Arnold Costa and others showcasing the SCG Jersey.

5 Sporting Clube de Goa players make India probable’s squad for Asian Games

5 Sporting Clube de Goa players make India probable’s squad for Asian Games

Five Sporting Clube de Goa players have made their way into Indian National team Coach Wim Koevermans’ squad of 30 probable’s for the Asian Games Camp, which was announced on Wednesday by the AIFF.
Goalkeeper Ravi Kumar, Defender’s Keenan Almeida, Joyner Lourenco, Deepak Devrani as well as midfielder Rowlin Borges have done enough this season to warrant themselves a place in the India U-23 probable’s squad.
The squad will train from the 1st till the 20th of July in Bangalore, before the team is further trimmed down.
The team is expected to travel to Spain and either Japan or China for exposure matches, before leaving for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea in September.