Gangtok, July 20
A week-long Summer Football Camp 2019 for boys and girls of age groups 07 to 18 years was ended here at Tashi Namgyal Academy ground this morning. A total of 60 aspiring young footballers from in and around Gangtok have successfully completed the camp, which was organised by a Gangtok-based premier division club, Sikkim Aakraman Football Club.
The valedictory function of the camp has the Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs Department, KN Lepcha as the chief guest, who was also accompanied by retired Secretary to the government of Sikkim, TW Rinzing and TNA Director-cum-Principal Brigadier [retd] M George Jacob as guests of honour. The chief guest and other guests handed over certificates to all participants.
In his valedictory address, the Minister congratulated Sikkim Aakraman FC for taken the initiative to establish a good foundation for young footballers to help them to go into the national and international levels. He further encouraged the club to continue with such activities for the promotion of games and sports in the State and to guide the young mind in the productive and sporting events. He also motivated young participants of the camp to engage in the healthy and productive activities. Minister congratulated TNA Principal for creating new infrastructures in sports for the school students.
Likewise, Sikkim Aakraman FC president, Jigmee Singey Rinzing Wangchuk thanked every individual and organisation for their contributions and support towards the success of the camp. He mentioned that Sikkim Aakraman FC has been working tirelessly over the years towards enhancing and proliferating the sports and social activities in the State. He also thanked the Director-cum-Principal of TNA for using the school ground and for other support towards the success of the camp.
Sikkim Aakraman FC vice-president Karma Phintso Wangdi stated that the club has been working to bring out talented footballers from different corners of the State by providing them the better platform. He expressed that the enthusiasm and progress shown by children in the camp indicates the bring future of Sikkim in football.
It has to be mentioned here that the participants were divided into groups of 9 to 12 years, 13 to 15 years and 16 to 18 years for the camp under experienced and certified coaches and senior players of the State. The camp also had audio video coaching sessions and interactive sessions with prominent international and national footballers of Sikkim with participants.