Abhishek Bachchan co-owned ISL team Chennaiyin FC is expanding its foothold in youth leagues and other tournaments. The club has launched three youth teams in age groups of Under-13, 15 and 18.
Chennaiyin FC youth teams from this year will be competing in AIFF’s national youth leagues for their respective age groups.
“It is a very exciting moment for the club as we launch our three age group teams and fittingly it is happening on the club’s third anniversary. This is another step forward in matching the best practices of the sport of creating a pyramid beneath the senior team to not only create a continuous supply of talent from within the club but also give some of the best talent of Tamil Nadu and other parts of the country a platform to launch their football careers,” Chennaiyin FC co-owners said in a joint statement.
“Since its inception the club has done a great job in grassroots by reaching out to thousands of budding footballers in Tamil Nadu,” said Sabir Pasha, Technical Director, of Chennaiyin FC Youth Development. “However the time had come to go to the next level by starting fully functional teams in three age groups which will not only start the process of having a proper structure for the talent to flourish within the club but also give everybody involved with grassroots further incentive as boys would get to play competitive matches from a very young age.”
For now, the youth teams of U-13 and U-15 will only comprise boys from the State. The U-18 team will though have a majority of players from Tamil Nadu, but will also take talent from other Indian States.