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U Dream Football is a football training programme offering young talented footballers a unique opportunity to pursue a career as a professional footballer. The program has a 2 pronged approach of exposure to the player in India and abroad. Mainly directed abroad to Europe/ Germany. Brought to you by U Sports, U Dream Football aims to identify talent at an early stage and offer international training, academic and infrastructure support to help them advance as professional footballers. The program is based in both Nasik (at the Fravashi International Academy, 150 kms from Mumbai) in India and in Bitburg, Germany and therefore embedded with the European and German Philosophy of Football Education.
The directions on the program are greatly influenced and derived from the Bundesliga and its recommended clubs and Youth Development Programs. With BVB Dortmund, one of Germany's most successful clubs, as a technical partner, the training programme is greatly enhanced. U Dream Football aims to build a deep seeded foundation for the radical development and transformation of Indian football. It is among the few football training programmes that also lays equal emphasis on the academic development of the young athletes, as it offers IGCSE / Cambridge schooling and the opportunity to pursue higher university studies or skill based programmes. Therefore in Nasik we are based in a 50 Acre Campus facility and school that helps us keep the same direction towards Youth Development in Football with a strong focus on academics. And in a similar 50 Acre Campus in Bitburg Germany.
In 2015, 15 of India’s finest U15 footballers, selected from a massive talent hunt in over 46 cities were sent to Germany to train at an academy with complete access to the club’s rich facilities and world class infrastructure. The talent hunt saw participation from over 800 schools and 10,000+ students.
In October 2015, U Dream Football launched its second season where it did conduct football clinics for over 100 top schools in India to scout for the country’s best U15 talent. Led by coaches from Germany, these clinics did also help expose school teams to international standard of scouting and coaching, along with also being an opportunity to be selected for the prestigious international programme. The journey of U Dream Football that began in Germany, is now extending to derive diversified values from other developmental programs and clubs of Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Holland and UK. Players from our programme have the potential to play in the most evolved football leagues in Europe.
In 2016, 35 more players joined the programme in Europe. From here on, the programme will be called TATA Trusts U Dream Football. All the 35 boys selected are from the North East Region of India. Currently 95% of the students are sponsored by us. Also, by 2019, the programme did (and will) help start up to 3 TATA Trusts U Dream Football Centres of Excellence in India: Aizawl (Mizoram), Imphal (Manipur), Chandigarh (Haryana). The plan is to have 3 centers by 2020. The plan is to work towards building a holistic ecosystem for football, thereby developing top level football coaches for India.
The partnership with BVB Dortmund will give the footballers enrolled under Tata Trusts U Dream Football to train under the Bundesliga side's youth coaches and even play competitive games against their youth teams. Known widely for their youth development system, with stars like Mario Goetze, Marco Reus and Christian Pulisic as academy graduates, the partnership will play a key role in development of our young trainees into professional footballers.
As of March 2018, we have 27 boys training under the programme and plan to extend the development of the idea and add more deserving age 15 and above players a chance to join the programme. Extensive trails will be conducted to select the deserving players into the program. The unique USP of the program being the sharp focus on Football and Education alike, along with directed focus on nutrition, personality development and football exposure.