Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul launched his football academy on Sunday. The academy — which is named Shilton Paul Football Academy — started its journey at the Yuba Sangha ground in Machhalandapur, which is about one and half hours away from Kolkata.
Joydeep Mukherjee, secretary of the Indian Football Association, Mohun Bagan players Arijit Bagui, Sk. Faiaz, Azharuddin Mallick along with Lalkamal Bhowmick were among those who were present on the opening day of the academy. There was a friendly match in the morning before the Mohun Bagan junior team faced Gostha Paul Football Academy in the evening.
The Shilton Paul Football Academy will be non-residential and will initially have three licensed coaches on its roster. Youngsters who are above the age of five can enroll at the academy. Shilton being a goalkeeper it is no surprise that there will be a specialized section on goalkeeping. Shilton will also help in the training whenever he will have time.
Seventy youngsters have registered so far at the academy. The monthly fee at the academy is Rs 350 per month but Shilton informed that he will look to waive off the fee for those from financially weaker background. He also added that the wards will be provided footballing kit and a bag at a nominal charge.
Shilton also have plans to launch branches of the academy in other parts of the state. “I wanted this academy in Machhalandapur so that it can act as a platform to develop and grow for youngsters from this region,” said Shilton.
Source: Times of India