In a major step for grassroots football in the state of Manipur, the government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Centre for Microfinance and Livelihood (CML), an associate organisation of Tata Trusts, today.
A function to mark the occasion was held at National Sports Academy, Khuman Lampak in Imphal in the presence of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Letpao Haokip and representatives of CML and Tata Trusts.
Youth Affairs and Sports Director Armstrong Pame represented the State Government and CML Executive Director Partho Patwari represented the private company.
As per the MoU, 30 grassroots football schools will be set up at different areas, including remote areas like Kamjong, Noney, Tamenglong, Churachandpur and Chandel districts.
A state of the art Centre of Excellence for Football at Khuman Lampak under Tata Trusts Grassroots Football Development Programme will also be set up as well.
Over 50 boys and girls each will be provided the best football facilities and guidance in all the 30 grassroots football schools while the Centre of Excellence for Football will have both education and football training facilities for 100 boys.
The letter of intent for setting up this Centre was handed over by the Chief Minister to Burzis S. Taraporevala, Senior Advisor of Tata Trusts.