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TFA to be renamed as Tata Atltico Football Academia

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Academy (TFA) is set to be renamed

as Atltico Academia after the Trusts on Wednesday joined hands with giants, (ATM), to enhance and strengthen its existing programmes for promoting Indian

The main objective of the collaboration is to encourage football as a sport at the youth and grassroots level as well as support the Indian national team.

As part of the collaboration, the will now be called as Tata Atltico Football Academia.

The Spanish club will provide a to TFA, who will work on the structure and curriculum that is followed in the Academia in

Technical experts will also visit to guide and exchange knowledge on the best practices in various areas.

"The partnership with Atletico de will enrich grass-root players with best-in-class professional training in all aspects of football. It will help young players train to international standards, scale them up to become future international players and help establish on the global map of the sport," Director, of R Pavithra Kumar said.

Miguel ngel Gil, owner of added: "For our club is an honour to join as a strategic in this ambitious football development project.

"Both of us share the vision to build a sustainable future for Indian football. We will work together in an educational programme based in Atltico de Madrid values and focused in giving opportunities for the kids."

The collaboration with will also witness a residential programme in Madrid, Spain, for budding Indian talented players in the group of 12-14 years.

This will be a long-term training programme, where these players will be coached in the Academia along with the other local Spanish cadets.

The programme will begin with a time-period of three years which could be further extended to 6-8 years.

Twenty candidates will go to in batches in three years. All boarding facilities along with formal education in the top schools where the medium of instruction is English will also be provided to the players in the Atltico de Madrid Academy.

A scouting team from ATM, ably supported by coaches from and TFA, has already selected 10 boys from various parts of the country for the programme.

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First Published: Wed, November 21 2018. 18:20 IST