Former professional soccer player and noted coach Tom Byer and Fateh Hyderabad AFC, a football club, today announced a grassroots development initiative to promote the game in the city. Under the initiative, 'The One Child, One Ball Programme', Byer and Fateh Hyderabad together would impart the programme to hundreds of kindergartens and primary schools here. Announcing the partnership with Tom Byer, Fateh Hyderabad Founder Yogesh Maurya said, "We are here for the long term development of football. Tom has crossed the globe sharing his experiences and philosophy of introducing kindergarten boys and girls to ball manipulation." "Technique is the foundation of any football player.
His success in Japan and now China is well documented. He is being courted by the giants of our game across the world, and I feel blessed and fortunate to have him here," Maurya added. Tom Byer expressed immense excitement on his collaboration with Fateh Hyderabad AFC. "Fateh Hyderabad is taking a unique approach and I believe it is setting a new standard for how football clubs in Asia should approach grassroots development." "The 'One Child One Ball Programme' is aimed at educating both parents and children between the ages of 2-6 on the importance of basic ball manipulation skills with a football. We have a comprehensive program of India specific seminars, workshops and events for both the parents and children to develop and love this game passionately," a release from the organisers quoted Byer as saying.
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