Aizawl: Reliance Foundationthe CSR branch of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and Mizoram Football Association have partnered to expand, transform and create a comprehensive hyper-local pathway and decentralized approach to grassroots football in the state across Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) Naupang League (Children). The Naupang League aims to develop local ecosystems and enable budding and talented footballers from the age of 5, boys and girls, to gain exposure to competition and practice. The focus is on a broad base of tiered and age-group engagements that work throughout the year and meaningfully engage players.
Ms. Nita M. Ambani, Founding President of Reliance Foundationsaid, “Football is a way of life in Mizoram, woven into its social and cultural fabric. This partnership between RF Young Champs and Mizoram Football Association will provide high quality training to talented young boys and girls. It will allow budding footballers from the age of 5 to gain competitive exposure and improved playing time. I am excited about the immense possibilities this will open up for the children of Mizoram, a state heavily invested in football. At RRYC, we remain committed to unleashing the potential of grassroots football across India and helping aspiring footballers realize their full potential.“
Lalnghinglova Hmar / Tetea Hmar, Honorary Secretary, Mizoram Football Association and Executive Committee Member, AIFFsaid, “We are extremely pleased with the partnership forged between the Mizoram Football Association and the Reliance Foundation, and this project can be a game-changer for Mizoram and Indian football. Community participation in the proposed Naupang League will add a different dimension to the competition as it will be a collective participation of children, parents and the local community that will drive and motivate the team like never before and fuel the league competitiveness. The pilot project in Mizoram, which we are confident will be successful, can be used as a model for grassroots development and the first of its kind in Indian football. We are looking forward to the kick off and in the same year the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup will be held in India and the FIFA Men’s World Cup 2022 will give extra excitement to the kids. The MFA is pleased that the Reliance Foundation has provided a platform for young children to pursue their athletic dreams.
The FRYC Naupang League (Kids) will be hosted in 4 locations in Mizoram with 2 models of the league structure. Mizoram FA and District FAs will host leagues in Lunglei and Kolasib, activated by RFYC, while 2 leagues in Aizawl and Champhai will be owned and operated by Reliance Foundation Young Champions. Age categories start at under 06 and continue to under 13 with multiple game formats. A minimum of 30 games will be played by children. RF Young Champs will further integrate with RF Youth Sports in the region to ensure additional games and competitive exposure for deserving players.
Mizoram’s football ecosystem stands to benefit immensely from Reliance Foundation Young Champions because its programs include the training and development of coaches; referee development; Weekly coaching program for children; Quarterly (local) camps for the emerging elite; Activation of the inter-district championship; and Reliance Foundation Young Champions camps in Mumbai for Best of the Best and better understand match day operations. The RFYC also donated an ambulance to the Mizoram Football Association.