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Panasonic Dream Camp – Day 2 Recap

Savio Medeira with participants of the Panasonic Dream Camp

July 24, 2012 was the second of the 2-day Panasonic Dream Camp in Shillong. Like the first day, this one comprised of two training sessions on the FIFA Artificial Turf, a classroom session and a closing ceremony. Following is a brief synopsis of what each session aimed at and delivered.

1st training session – Focus: Defending
The morning session began at 8am with the focus on ‘Defending’. This session comprised of small sided scenarios – 2 v 2, 3 v 3, 4 v 4, Defensive positioning, basic principles of defending, and gradual progression. Gouramangi Singh’s valuable experience was used by the boys in following various defensive movements and covering opponents.

Classroom session
The classroom session saw Mr. Savio Medeira talk to the boys about Sports Nutrition and its benefits. This was followed by a look at a few goals from Indian team matches against Tajikistan and Syria in the AFC Challenge Cup and ONGC Nehru Cup respectively from 2009.

2nd training session – Focus: New Formation of 4-4-3
The evening session introduced the players to Indian football’s new philosophy – formation of 4-4-3, adapting to different field positions and play, movement off the ball, and defensive shape formations.

Closing Ceremony
At 7pm, the boys assembled at the hotel for the closing ceremony of the Panasonic Dream Camp. The function was also attended by Mr. B. Diengdoh – Vice President, Meghalaya Football Association (MFA), Mr. S.S. Rapthap – Joint Secretary, MFA and Mr. Sunesh Syiem – Convenor, Youth Development Cell, MFA. Mr. Sukhvinder Singh one by one invited the representative from Panasonic India, Mr. B. Diengdoh, Mr. Savio Medeira and Mr. Gouramangi Singh to speak a few words. Certificates, group photographs and footballs were handed over to boys by the guests from MFA, coaching staff and AIFF players. The representative from Panasonic India handed over some mementos to the coaches and players and later on presented a signed shirt to MFA as a token of appreciation. This was followed by dinner.

(Panasonic Dream Camp Press Release)