Indian Football Foundation (IFF) launched
On 29th January night at a glittering ceremony the Indian Football Foundation (IFF) was launched at Kohinoor Continental, JB Nagar, Andheri (East). IFF supported by Lions Club of Bombay Willingdon Crescent.
IFF is the brainchild of,
- Shri Dinesh Nair – Indian International
- Shri I M Vijayan- Arjuna Awardee
- Shri Godfrey Pereira – Chatrapati Shivaji Awardee
- Shri Jo Paul Anchery – Indian International
- Shri Jacinto D’silva – Indian International
IFF Academy’s objective is to provide the mainstream of national football a perennial pool of young footballers trained and oriented to international standards.
A team of Certified coaches will provide training to age groups U – 8 to U-14, especially Grass Roots. Also in association with Lions Club of Willingdon Crescent the academy hopes to provide free coaching to talented Underprivileged Children.
Lions Willingdon Promotes Football
Lions Club of Bombay Willingdon Crescent’s Mission is to “Create a Multi Sport Facility” at the Lions Municipal Sports Complex , near Milan Sub-way , Santacruz (West)
Our Vision is to “Nurture Talent at the Grassroots”. Towards this end, the Lions organised the first edition of the “Lions Willingdon Soccer Fiesta” from 5th to 19th January 2014. 117 teams participated across 7 categories for the prestigious trophies.
The Soccer Fiesta was inaugurated by Climax Lawrence, ex-India Captain and Yusuf Yakubu, Ghana World cup player. Both of them currently play for Mumbai FC.
Lions Willingdon Stars – a team of India internationals led by I M Vijayan, Godfrey Pereira, Jo Paul Anchery, Jacinto D’silva, Steven Dias and Dinesh Nair played an exhibition match against the “Best of Corporate” team on the finale day in front of early 500 football lovers who witnessed the match and the award ceremony.
Results “Soccer Fiesta – Jan 2104”
U – 12
- Winner : St. Annes Malad
- Runner Up : Lycum Sports Club
U – 14
- Winner : KSA
- Winner : MYJ – IC Extension
- Runner Up : Macabi
- Winner : Geostanne United
- Runner Up : Freunds
- Winner : Don Bosco Shelter
- Runner Up : Rainbow Foundation
- Winner : Bandra Packers
- Runner Up : Companeros
- Winner : Indigo Airlines
- Runner Up : Online Tourism & Freight Pvt Ltd
Tentative dates for the next Soccer Fiesta – 6th to 21st December 2014