Tata Trusts U Dream Football was launched with the vision of offering talented young footballers the opportunity to pursue the sport as a professional career by giving them the same quality of training facilities as is offered to a child in Europe. The philosophy of the programme rests on identifying talent at a young age, training them to hone their skills, and prepare them for a career as a professional footballer.
The football programme offered covers all aspects of the professional game, also laying equal emphasis on academics. Head coaches Heinz Ewen, from Germany, and former India captain Mahesh Gawli have designed the curriculum of the football course with the focus on developing competitive professional footballers to play in the leading football leagues in Europe.
The residential programme offers both national and international exposure. The programme is split into 2 parts – as they spend 8 months training in India and 3 months training in Europe. In India, they train at our base in Nashik – where they also complete their academics. Our team of top-quality coaches focus on all-round development of the footballer, honing both his physical and mental skills, as well as working on improving his technical abilities and his tactical and strategic understanding of the game.
To hone player skills, our teams play competitive games on a weekly basis and this is the primary focus of the training curriculum. In India, our teams will compete in the youth I-League across age groups, as well having a regular calendar of games against competitive sides across the country. While in Europe, the teams participate in marquee tournaments as well as participate in a set of planned fixtures against key teams of the region. Tournaments and teams in Europe are picked keeping in mind that our footballers should get exposure to leading youth scouts from the continent.
All the footballers are enrolled in the Fravashi International School, one of the country’s leading boarding schools, for the purpose of academics. The footballers follow international schooling, under the IGCSE curriculum. The programme maintains a balance between football and academics.
Both the football and academic performance is closely monitored by team of coaches and teachers. A report is prepared at the end of each month, outlining the student’s performance in each aspect. Coaches evaluate the footballers basis a set of fixed parameters across skill, ability, fitness and attitude.
We work with a wide network of scouts across America, Europe and Asia along with international and national football federations to be able to place our footballers at professional football clubs.