NFABD Grassroots Football Festival kicks off
Monday, May 16, 2016

A participant attempts to dribble past a marker during the NFABD Grassroots Football Festival yesterday. – FADHIL YUNUS


MORE than 200 young football enthusiasts gathered at the NFABD House Artificial Pitch yesterday to take part in the NFABD Grassroots Football Festival in conjunction of AFC Grassroots Football Day, which was organised in partnership with DST.

The event marked the start of a series of football festivals nationwide which touched mainly on the grassroots level in enhancing the development of football in the member association.

The half-day festival, which was attended by parents and family members, emphasised on mastering basic techniques such as dribbling, being involved in one-on-one situations as well as small-sided games.

Each group has been split into two with those individuals wearing bibs rotating from one station to the other in a clockwise motion while those not wearing bibs moving in an anti-clockwise direction.

Each of the 10 stations was led by a coach or instructor who has undergone an AFC Coaching Certificate course including national coaches from different age groups.

Each station incorporated a variety of exercise drills centred on the basic elements of the game and small-sided games where they play as a team.

 The group consisted of young football enthusiasts from six to eight years old but they also included younger participants, as well as the age group from nine to 12 years old.

“The Grassroots Festival is celebrated by all member associations affiliated under the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). AFC announced May 15 as AFC Grassroots Football Day,” said a NFABD representative at the side-lines of the NFABD Grassroots Football Festival.

“We really hope this Grassroots Festival will implant good habits of football in terms of technical component of the game. Individually, they will learn about football and at the same time enjoy the sport with their own peers,” the representative added.

According to an AFC report, a record-breaking 37 member associations have pledged to celebrate the AFC Grassroots Football Day on May 15, eclipsing the 31- member associations that took part last year.

AFC President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa said, “Grassroots football represents the foundation and basis for the game to thrive and flourish.”


Source: Borneo Bulletin


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