Football in Arunachal Pradesh got a shot in the arm with Reading FC (Reading Football Club) of UK expressing keen interest to explore the football potential and personally groom the promising football players of the state. A four- member delegation from UK today called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his New Delhi office and had a detailed discussion on development of the game in the Northeastern State. Tuki informed the delegation of the immense raw talent available in the youths of the state and their passion for the game.
“Football is the favorite game in every nook and corner of my state. Talent and passion are immeasurable. We just need proper guidance, training and exposure and I can assure you of world class players,” the Chief Minister, a die- hard fan and player of the game, said. The Reading FC members expressed desire to do a talent search in the state and take under their umbrella sub- junior level players. Selected players would be then groomed at the highest level at Reading FC football academy in UK.
According to Reading FC CEO Nogel Howe, the Club will send two coaches to Arunachal Pradesh for preliminary assessment immediately at their own cost. However, while narrating future plans for Arunachal, he said if things work out, the Club will take on the onus of propagating and developing the game by placing its coaches permanently in the state. The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to the Reading FC delegation for their interest in tapping talents from the state. While assuring all cooperation in this noble endeavor from his government, Tuki appreciated the offer to provide exposure to players from the state at the international level.
Tuki informed the delegation of the State Sports Policy adopted recently by his government and highlighted its finer aspects, which was commended by the premier European club. Meanwhile, the Reading FC delegation invited the Chief Minister to witness one of its games in the ongoing Barclay Premier League. Reading FC will be playing its next game on September 16 against Tottenham and then face Albion on September 22. The delegation comprised of, besides Howe, Reading FC Director Christopher Samuel, President, Friends of Arunachal, UK, Alan Hitchins and Reading FC Advisor Tomo Nomuk, a native of Arunachal, who was instrumental in facilitating the meeting.
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