A new football academy was launched in Jowai, Meghalaya, yesterday to promote and develop grassroots football in the region. Football Academy of Meghalaya (FAM) is an initiative undertaken by Northeast Indian Goal, a non-profit organisation setup to develop sports in the Northeast.
The inauguration was held in the presence of Sniawbhalang Dhar, Minister of Commerce and Industries, Kyrmen Shylla, Minister of Social Welfare (also Director of NEIG), Wailadmiki Shylla, MLA, Jowai, and the Headman of Dorbar Shnong Khimmusniang, Titos Bamon.
Boca Juniors Football School, a three-star AIFF-accredited academy, are the technical partners and advisors with the Football Academy of Meghalaya.
FAM will conduct its operations from an office in Khimmusniang, Jowai, and the training will be held at the picturesque Kiang Nangbah Stadium.
The coaching and development of players will be taken care of by AIFF-licensed coaches and the CEO Ajoymeson Lyngdoh will handle operations. The academy is expected to conduct trials as early as this coming Saturday and an announcement will be made on their social media platforms.
FAM plans to develop players between the ages of 9 and 15 and aims to compete in the Sub-Junior and Junior I-League tournaments in the upcoming season. The immensely popular Meghalaya Baby League is also something they are considering participating in.