Baggies' Delhi project gathers momentum
WEST Bromwich Albion scholars from Delhi’s slums today took to the field of the 60,000-seat Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
22 children, who are funded by the club’s Player Sponsorship Scheme, have this season benefited from free transport, kit, league subscriptions, and healthcare.
The scholars wear the Baggies' famous blue and white stripes while representing the club’s India Football Partners, Youth Football International, in the Delhi Youth League the club and YFI came together to establish.
YFI Rovers Under-17s, who fielded a team of Albion scholars, came from two goals behind to beat BBFS 3-2 in a five-goal thriller.
Youth Football International Director and Delhi Youth League Chairman, Paul Schuttenbelt, said: “West Bromwich Albion are helping kids who have very little play football in an organised and professional environment with coaches who are qualified right up to the UEFA A-License.
“Before we established the Delhi Youth League there was nowhere for children to come together to play competitive football.
“The league gives the children the opportunity to integrate with other kids from substantially better off backgrounds."
West Bromwich Albion Sales & Marketing Director, Adrian Wright, added: “We have a strong relationship with YFI and we are committed to developing football in India.
“The launch of the Indian Super League last year has given football in India a real lift and we have seen with our own eyes what football means to the children of Mumbai and Delhi.
“Our aim is to have an Indian child playing in our first team within the next ten years.
“Youth Football International are doing fantastic work and we are proud to be in partnership with them.”