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Oct, 2017

Inspire a generation summit connects big time

Keynote Speaker Tim Schulz

A global to local perspective shared for sustained development if Indian football at the conference held on day two of Inspire a generation summit. 
India Rush Soccer Club in association with Mumbai District Football Association organized the first edition of  ‘Inspire A Generation Football Summit 2017’, holding engagements amongst important stakeholders to participate in the road ahead of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup. (Read - Inspire a generation Summit Day 1)

The occasion welcomed Tim Schulz, Founder President of Rush Soccer & a Former USWNT Coach for FIFA U20 World Cup, Claude Bolton, Technical Director of India Rush SC and Former Technical Director of Guyana Football Federation, Shaji Prabhakaran, Author and Former 
FIFA Regional Development Officer and Henry Menezes, CEO of Western India Football Association (WIFA) & Dy. Chairman Technical Committee, All India Football Federation (AIFF) as guest speakers. The event was held at well-known Otters Club, Mumbai.

As the FIFA Under-17 World Cup enters its semifinal stage, the question in our minds is ‘What's next?’ This was central to the theme for Inspire A Generation Football Summit 2017. By communicating with important members of the football fraternity, the occasion aimed to provide insight and create a dialogue to encourage and inspire event the non-football minds and help them understand about the untapped potential India possesses.

Claude Bolton expressed his experience in Guyana and Canada in terms of how mega-events like FIFA World cup helped the development of football. He also expressed the passion and determination this country has for the sport and that it was clearly evident in the high turnout for Coaches workshop and Players Clinic held as a part of the Summit at Cooperage.

Shaji Prabhakaran was part of the committee that discussed the idea of hosting a W
orld Cup in India, way back in 2011; he shared purpose behind hosting a youth World Cup and also about the importance empowering Indian coaches as it holds the key to a long-term growth.
Meanwhile, Henry Menezes also brought forward how Maharashtra has taken to football over the run-up to the world cup. Menezes expressed the importance of establishing of junior-level leagues and that there has been a real shift in approach, whereby now district associations in Maharashtra have felt the need to nurture the football players from the age of four. 

On behalf of Mr Nilesh Kulkarni the Founder Director of International Institute of Sports Management (IISM) and a former India Cricketer shared a brief but relevant insight into the general acceptance of sports culture in India and the importance of creating off the field sports professional was shared by Abhijit Dabhade, COO of IISM the Academic partner for the event.

Tim Shulz shared the stage with Dennis Fernandes, Hon. CEO of India Soccer Club and shared about the growth that he has seen across the world in countries such as the United States of America (USA) and some African countries. He highlighted that India is on the right path and faces a similar situation the USA faced, and how hosting the 94’ World Cup really changed the dynamics of the sport in the country. Dennis Fernandes summarized the way these five-years since 2012 up till the FIFA U-17 World Cup, has been able to bring about the best for all stakeholders, in terms of infrastructure and growth model, but most importantly having a structure and pathway to progress further.

Mihir Joshi Udyan Banerjee Ameya Chandavarkar

The host for the event Mihir Joshi, himself an enthusiastic football fan and Stadium anchor of ISL club kept the event lively and sporty and proved how a passion for football can be translated into an off the field profession. On behalf of India Rush, Nazanin Husein the President of IDA Mumbai chapter and also the chief consulting nutritionist for India Rush SC felicitated all the guest speakers, Udyan Banerjee Secretary MDFA for the association and Mr Ameya Chandavarker Director FDC for believing and support football and India Rush while in its nascent stages.  

This year’s summit provided a platform, at an important time, where the FIFA U-17 World Cup’17 needs to be seen and treasured as a landmark achievement, but also to keep up momentum generated by the World Cup to achieve the larger goals through collaborative effort; whether it is a player, coach, referee, fan, club, district association, state or national authorities.
The enthusiastic Rush coaches learnt new skills of hosting a Summit and the satisfaction reflected on their cheerful faces. The video capsule of the event will be published on the Facebook for Inspiring a wider interaction.


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