Bhubaneswar Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday inaugurated three modern football training centers ahead of the upcoming Intercontinental Cup in Bhubaneswar, which will give a boost to the sports infrastructure in the state.
The three centres, Odisha Football Academy, Bhubaneswar Football Academy and Capital Football Arena, have been developed at a cost of Rs 90 lakh and will have six grounds certified by the sport’s world governing body, FIFA.
It will have five natural and one synthetic football pitch, LED flood lights, dressing room for players, gallery coach room and other facilities.
All three centers are located close to each other in the city, which will allow many teams to train together, especially during tournaments.
These three centers for the national under-16 and under-19 teams, Odisha F.C. (Men, Women and Youth) and will have training grounds for all state teams (both men and women). Chief Minister Patnaik said these are the main centers of football training in the country. Odisha Football Academy, Bhubaneswar Football Academy and Capital Football Arena. It is a great pleasure and honor to inaugurate, Patnaik said in the release.
“I am confident that these new facilities will not only encourage youngsters to pursue their passion for football but will also act as a hub for football training in the country,” he said, adding that a coach education program would also be launched. Patnaik announced. A girls’ football academy with artificial turf will also be established in Kendrapara district.