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Mumbai City FC partners PSL to expand grassroots soccer programme

MUMBAI: Ranbir Kapoor-backed Mumbai City FC has partnered PSL India, a grassroots football coaching and talent development organisation that operates two brands in the school space—Soccer Connections and Just For Kicks.

Through this partnership, Mumbai City FC will support PSL in delivering year-long high-quality coaching programme in schools within Mumbai as well as in Pune, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

As part of the partnership, the ISL team will provide direct technical support in enhancing the coaching modules, while creating a pipeline for talented youngsters to get into the Mumbai City FC youth set-up.

Mumbai City FC CEO Indranil Das Blah said, “It’s imperative for us as a club to ensure we conduct year-long football programmes to not only maintain relevance, but more importantly, to ensure that the sport is actively taken up by kids. This tie-up with PSL India allows us to do just that. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to a highly competitive and successful school programme.”

PSL Group CEO Vikas Plakkot said, “We believe the only way to change the landscape of football in India is from the ground up. A child should begin playing as early as the first grade and schools provide the perfect platform for such an intervention. With Mumbai City FC’s support, we have the opportunity to reach out to more schools across all levels of society and deliver a high-quality coaching program.”

PSL operates in a variety of schools like Bombay International School (BIS) and municipal and low-budget private schools through its brands ‘Soccer Connections’ and ‘Just For Kicks’.

While the Indian Super League (ISL) might be on for only a couple of months, this partnership will ensure that talent development continues to run in the background throughout the year. The two organisations are also in the process of launching a new championship that will bring all the school teams on to a common platform.