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Swansea’s Indian origin star Neil Taylor to visit Kolkata

Neil Taylor

Swansea City FC and Wales left-back Neil Taylor is en route to India to visit the hometown of his mother next week.

The 24 year old Wales international will visit Kolkata as part of “Kolkata Goalz”, a Premier Skills programme building upon the “Kickz” programme in the UK. “Kickz” is a project in partnership between the British Council, the English Premier League and the Metropolitan Police which uses football as a tool to engage with and develop the skills of young people.

“Kolkata Goalz” was launched in 2011 by the English Premier League, the British Council, Kolkata Police, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Indian Football Association (IFA) in association with nine Kolkata-based clubs – namely Aryan Club, Dalhousie Athletic, East Bengal Club, George Telegraph SC, Kalighat Milan Sangha, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Mohun Bagan AC, Police AC and United SC – who are directly involved in the delivery of the programme.

Taylor is expected to reach Kolkata on Tuesday (June 25) and he would face the Indian media after his arrival according to the latest information released by the British Council. The EPL star will continue his journey to the “City of Joy” with a visit to East Bengal’s club tent on the Kolkata Maidan where he would interact with the underprivileged footballers, coaches and co-ordinators of the “Kolkata Goalz” project.

Neil Taylor will be returning to India for the very first time since his last visit at the age of 16. The Player of Indian Orign (PIO) has still family in Kolkata and New Delhi, whom he used to visit during his childhood.

Taylor made the headlines in India last year, when he stated that he would have loved to play for India instead of Wales, if he would have been approached by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The Wrexham-born left-back earned his first senior cap for Wales under John Toshack in a friendly in Croatia in May 2010.