MUMBAI: Reliance Foundation's Navi Mumbai based residential football scholarship academy Young Champs has been adjudged the number one grassroots academy in India by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
The AIFF citation comes two days after Reliance Foundation was conferred the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2017 for Sports For Development initiatives at grassroots level across India.
“The Academy Accreditation process carried out by AIFF for 2017/18 awarded the highest rating of ‘4 Star’ to Reliance Foundation Young Champs,” according to a statement from the Reliance Foundation.
Reliance Foundation Young Champs is the first football academy in the country to receive the highest rating order of ‘4 Star’ since the commencement of Academy Accreditation process by AIFF in 2015.
A total of 48 talents (aged between 11 to 14) scouted through Indian Super League Clubs’ grassroots programme are presently being trained at its Navi Mumbai base.