Vedanta’s SESA Football Academy (SFA), a football club based in Sanquelim, Goa, has been granted accreditation by All India Football Federation (AIFF), a move which now enables the club to participate in the U13, U15 and the U18 Youth Leagues in the coming season.
The SFA is an initiative of SESA Community Development Foundation (SCDF), promoted Vedanta Group (formerly known as Sesa Goa Ltd.), a global diversified natural resource majors, with operations across zinc-lead-silver, oil & gas, iron ore, copper, aluminium and commercial power.
The club was founded in 1999 for the holistic development of the local youths through football. The academy has created the conditions for discovering, creating and building talent for football.
SESA Football Academy, Mr Annanya Agarwal said, “Sports can inspire and engage youth in a tremendous way and we at SFA envision to provide a platform to young budding footballers & equipping them with A-level facilities and achieving the milestone of being the best football academy in India by 2019.”
“I am very pleased and grateful to receive the AIFF accreditation for the academy and look forward to see our U–13, U-15 and U-18 teams make SFA proud in the coming Youth leagues’’
CEO, I–League, Mr. Sunando said, ‘Goa is a talent pool for the football community in India and SFA has been doing some great work to take the Goan legacy forward by grooming young budding football talent, it is good to see these players get such amazing guidance and facilities.”
“I would like to congratulate SFA on receiving the AIFF accreditation and hope to see some good football from them in the coming Youth League”
For aspiring young football sporting talent in Goa, this accreditation is a major shot in the arm for SESA Football Academy, the club has stated in its official release. The U-13 team would be created purely from the Vedanta Football Schools program, making it a 100% in-house grown team from the grassroots program. The U-15 team would be from the residential academy in Sankhali fully made up of Goan talent. While the U-18 team will continue to scout talent from Goa, as well as from across 7 different states in the country.