Chhetri joins forces with talent hunt programme

first_imgMumbai, Feb 17 (PTI) Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri has joined as the mentor and brand ambassador of a nation-wide talent hunt programme to pick 15 youngsters in the 8-14 age group for a comprehensive five-year residential schooling in Kolhapur, western Maharashtra. Under the programme titled DreamChasers and started by three retired army personnel, youngsters would be provided top-class coaching and technical expertise by Sporting Clube de Portugal, for whose reserve side Chhetri had played for a while in 2012-13. The talent hunt will be held in 15 venues and 10 cities, after kicking off here in April, to cover Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Kolhapur (all in Maharashtra), Baroda, Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Kerala, Delhi, Kolkatta and Guwahati, it was announced at a media conference here today. The selected lot would be nurtured and would undergo professional training until the age of 18 at the residential training centre of Proforce — housed at the Dr Cyrus Poonawala International School in Kolhapur.They would be entitled “to a 14-days sponsored training camp at SCP (Sporting Clube de Portugal). They will also be inducted into the special training programme, which is a commitment for five years,” it was announced.Besides football training, their education as well as lodging and boarding will also be looked after. The programme will include 10 months of football training in Kolhapur and one month of free training every year at SCP.Chhetri, present at the announcement, said that he will be actively involved in the initiative.”I am going to be part of all major decisions taken. They will be provided the best possible training. Everything will be provided for. The most important thing is coaching,” said the 31-year-old national captain.advertisement”When I went to Sporting Lisbon I was 26 and had a four year deal, I was there for seven months and I just played six games. I was improving and enjoying my time over there with the training and the kids I was playing with,” said Chhetri. (More) PTI SSR NRB AH AH BASlast_img read more

Giants Coaching Hunt Goes On

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants interviewed a pair of defensive coordinators for their vacant head coaching job.The Giants confirmed that they interviewed defensive coordinator  early on Jan. 7 and talked with Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin in the afternoon.New York talked with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo on Tuesday, the day Tom Coughlin said goodbye to the team.Austin met with team President John Mara and General Manager Jerry Reese at the team’s headquarters. The 50-year-old has been the Lions coordinator the past two years. The unit finished second in the league in 2014, but slipped to 18th this past season.Prior to joining the Lions, he spent three seasons as the Baltimore Ravens’ secondary coach. He also coached defensive backs for the Seattle Seahawks from 2003-06 and the Arizona Cardinals from 2007-09. He has coached in college at Penn State, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Michigan and Florida, where he was the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach in 2010.Spagnuolo, 56, returned to the Giants this past season for a second stint as defensive coordinator. His unit ranked last in the league this past season, giving up nearly an average of 300 yards passing.His defense lacked a pass rush most of the season, had little talent at linebacker and no depth in the secondary, especially at safety.Spagnuolo, who was the Giants defensive coordinator when they beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl in February 2008, was the head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11. He was 10-38, but inherited a 2-14 team and had them within one game of the playoffs in his second season.McAdoo joined the Giants in 2014 after they finished 28th in offense. In his two seasons, the offense has ranked 10th and eighth. Quarterback Eli Manning has had two of his most productive seasons under McAdoo.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more