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Reliance Foundation Young Champs is an initiative launched by Reliance Foundation. The aim of the programme is to spot top footballing talent in the country between the age group of 11 to 14 years through the ISL’s grassroots initiatives and give them the necessary impetus to enhance and hone their skills. The Young Champs programme is primarily geared towards elite player development to firmly secure India’s footballing future through structured technical guidance.
Every year, Reliance Foundation will be funding the Young Champs programme by providing the most talented boys and girls coming through the Clubs’ grassroots activities as well as select NGOs (Magic Bus, Yuwa and Slum Soccer), full-time residential scholarships. The scholarships are aimed at not only developing their footballing abilities but also enhancing their academic acumen, thus providing children a well-rounded sporting as well as educational environment to thrive in.
Provide a world-class platform for the development of youth talent, combining football excellence with a good all-round education.
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