Dempo spreads its wings in Mapusa

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By Naveen Peters:

Dempo SC looks to have continued its promise developing football at its grass root level in Goa as it joined hands with yet another school in the city. This time it was St. Brittos High School Mapusa, who agreed a deal to train and adopt elite young players for the age group teams of Dempo SC.

 In a formal function held at the club house, the Headmaster of St. Brittos High School, Fr. Cedric Fernandes signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of Club Director Mr. Shrinivas V. Dempo and Head Coach Arthur Papas. Fr. Cedric expressed his gratitude towards the club and urged Dempo management to harness talents from Goa.

 “Traditionally not many football clubs have been able to tap the talent from North Goa. But, with Dempo showing interest towards our players I am sure there will be many stars in football from North Goa,” said Fr. Cedric.

 The club, in the recent past has been revamping its youth structure by creating larger opportunities for young players to showcase their talent. Their main focus will be to develop players in the age bracket of 14 to 18 years old and induct the finest talents into their age group teams.

 Keeping a close look at the proceedings will be Dempo’s Head Coach Arthur Papas “Player development is something which is close to my heart, It is better for us if we open such football centers for the junior teams so that the best players can be spotted at the right age,” said Mr. Papas. A training plan is being devised by the junior coaches of the club under the supervision of Mr. Papas which will be custom made for each adopted school teams.

 Club Director Mr. Shrinivas Dempo also showed his keenness in the club’s project as he said, “I am glad that we have taken this initiative to reach to the various schools and spot talents among them. The main idea behind this plan is to develop the overall personality of the children along with creating opportunities for them to play at a higher level. Over the years, we would like to train and develop the best among them for our senior teams.”

 According the MoU signed by the Club, the school children will receive knowledge and training about fitness within the game, sharpening of their technical skills, guidance on proper nutrition and exercise, injury prevention seminars along with a proposal for holding football camps for school children in Mapusa. St. Brittos High School is the second club after Fr. Agnel’s School to enter into a deal to provide an opportunity to its players to train and be a part of one of the elite clubs’ in Indian football.