PANJIM: The third Baby League grassroots workshop organised by Goa Football Association (GFA) was launched at Our Lady of Snows High School, Raia under the auspices of GFA Grassroots Committee at Raia recently.
GFA General Secretary Jovito Lopes highlighted that the programme is aimed at providing the kids the opportunity to learn, love and play football with the grassroots programme laying the foundation of football and the primary aim being to increase participation for children, youth, amateurs, veterans, those with physical disabilities, cerebral palsy, visually impaired and even the socially disadvantaged.
"We need to grow a new generation of players that start playing football from a very young age as this is the golden age of learning for young boys and girls who need physical activity to build strength, stamina, coordination, confidence, and also to lay the ground for healthy lifestyle," explained GFA Executive Committee member Francisco Nunes.
Football helps channelise energies and interest of the youth in a positive way, being greatly beneficial for the society. Investment in grassroots development is an investment in the future of the whole community and for India to be recognised as a footballing nation on the global map, it is essential to develop at grassroot level, remarked Jonathan of FC Goa.
Camorlim Sarpanch Basilio Fernandes slated a grassroots programme for children and parents on October 17 at Camorlim.
Raia Sarpanch Minguelina D'Sousa and deputy Sarpanch Mario D'Sousa pledged their support for the grassroots saying that the roots must be continuously watered.