Bangalore: Airtel Rising Stars, an initiative launched by Bharti Airtel to provide young talented footballers the chance-of-a-lifetime to train at the Manchester United Soccer Schools, today announced the final 52, including 4 goalkeepers, who will undergo a five day camp in Bangalore. The camp, overseen by Manchester United coaches, will choose 12 footballers who will travel and train at the prestigious school in England in November this year. The final 52 will also get handy tips and nuances from Manchester United Football Legend and former England football captain Bryan Robson.
‘Airtel Rising Stars’, India’s largest under-16 soccer talent hunt, in association with Manchester United, galvanized in excess of 20,000 young footballers across 16 centers, who attended the selection trials. The final 52 shortlisted players for the camp will be put through their paces by four Manchester United coaches, Michael McClean, Mick Bennett, Andrew Cunningham and Kevin O’Connell.
Former England football & The Manchester United Legend Bryan Robson said, “India is a big potential market for soccer and with millions Manchester United followers, the country is one of the fastest growing fan bases for the club. With ‘Airtel Rising Stars’, which is one of the biggest soccer talent hunt in the country, these young footballers will gain exposure and training at one of the biggest soccer clubs in the world. Not only will this be a first step for these young talents but also a big step up in developing soccer talent in India.”
In the final camp, the 48 players will be divided into four teams of 12 each and will be tested on all parameters (including physical attributes, individual skills, match situations and their performances in actual matches) before 12 of the best players are chosen to travel to Manchester United for a week and to train alongside the Manchester United Academy team. The five day camp will be a culmination to the three month long talent hunt that was conducted in 16 cities with the support of the respective state and district associations.