first_imgAdvertisementSpain’s top division football league, LaLiga has launched a comprehensive grassroots football development programme in India, LaLiga Football Schools, in partnership with India On Track (IOT). The historic move aims at developing the beautiful game at the grassroots level in India, as the game is growing rapidly in the country.  The LaLiga Football Schools are going to be set up pan-India, including major centers like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, and Cochin, among others.The rigorous training programme at LaLiga Football Schools will be delivered using LaLiga’s technical curriculum and detailed methodology and will be overseen by the programme technical director appointed by LaLiga for India. It will be a holistic, comprehensive football development programme, with a focus on students within the age range of 6 to 18 years.India has shown its love and passion for the game repeatedly in the last few years, with Indian players giving standout performances at local, national and international platforms and the audiences watching and supporting the game expanding at an astounding rate. With India being one of the priority markets for LaLiga, this initiative is part of the several that have been undertaken to bring LaLiga closer to the passionate fan base here and inspire a change in the football environment.This announcement comes just days after LaLiga announced a three-year broadcast partnership with Facebook for the Indian subcontinent. The social media giant will show all 380 matches live and free, it will mean over 270 million people in India will have access to watch LaLiga each and every week. Select LaLiga matches will also be telecast on the sports channels of one of India’s largest broadcasters, Sony Pictures Networks India giving the Indian football fan the most comprehensive viewing experience. Jose Cachaza, Head of LaLiga India said, “LaLiga is a strong propagator of developing young football talent. Seeing the kind of talent and passion Indians have for the beautiful game, we decided to collaborate with IOT and create a base to nurture the talent here. We are excited to see young boys and girls from India train with our best coaches and facilities and learn to play the LaLiga way.This move is a further sign of our commitment to India and follows off the back of our ground-breaking agreement with Facebook, which will see all 380 games shown live, and for free on the platform. We want to inspire the next generation of Indian football“ Vivek Sethia, Founder, India On Track (IOT) said, “The future of any sport lies in the development of its grassroots. India On Track has always partnered with top sporting entities to provide the talented youth of India with the best possible training opportunities. Our partnership with LaLiga bears testament to that and LaLiga Football Schools is a continuation in that direction.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “You eventually have to find something, whether that’s in the draft or some aging vets.”One of the other options Cole mentioned, William Hayes, chose to re-sign with the Los Angeles Rams, which took another potential option off the board. But Cole’s point is that the Cardinals are not necessarily going to be hung out to dry.“But just because the prize guys on the shelf, you didn’t pick them off, I wouldn’t panic just yet,” he said. “This is still a really good team.” Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Jason Cole, Bleacher Report NFL reporter Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Free agency is always an exciting time for NFL fans, as some of the league’s most notable players change teams while high-dollar contracts are handed out.It’s important to remember, though, that while teams can and have added some talented players this way, the best franchises usually find the bulk of their key talent via the draft.On top of that, the best teams are rarely the most active — at least in the early days of free agency — so a team getting off to a slow start may not really be reason for concern. Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) eludes Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon (50) on a run during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) That’s the feeling Bleacher Report NFL writer Jason Cole has with regards to the Arizona Cardinals, who won 13 games last season but as of Wednesday afternoon had yet to make a splashy free agent signing.In fact, the Cardinals have mostly made headlines for the players they’ve whiffed on.“It’s been a pretty good team for the last two years now, almost three, but really the last two years,” he told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday. “In 2014 the real hesitation there was, or the real problem was the injury to Carson Palmer.“So to me, the base of this team is really, really good.”The Cardinals have reportedly been interested in a collection of pass rushers, but so far the best ones on the market have chosen to sign elsewhere. Cole understands Arizona’s desire to upgrade the pass rush, but isn’t fretting over their struggles in addressing the need.“Do you need to overpay and spend 12, 13 or 14 million dollars on Olivier Vernon right now,” he asked, before word came out that Vernon had agreed to a deal with the New York Giants that is worth $85 million over five seasons, with $52.5 million in guaranteed money. “No — you can hold out a little bit and be a little more patient. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more