Girish Mathrubootham sets up a charitable trust to promote grassroots football, launches FC Madras
The trust will run a residential football academy and provide full scholarships for talented players from the U13 and U15 age groups
Chennai, June 4, 2018: At a launch event organized yesterday, Girish Mathrubootham, Founder and CEO of Freshworks, announced the creation of a charitable trust to promote grassroots football in the country and launched FC Madras, a professional football club which will compete in the U13 and U15 divisions of the I-League.
Along with the club’s launch, the FC Madras team unveiled their residential football academy that offers free scholarships for talented young players who want to pursue a career in football. FC Madras trust will partner with Mahogany FC, a football club based out of Chennai, which will provide technical expertise to run the academy. Going forward, all activities performed by Mahogany FC will be transitioned to FC Madras.
“Our aim with the academy is to identify talented kids from across the country and give them a platform to become professional football players. We’ll be taking a 360° approach to their development by managing both on-field and off-field activities including high-performance training, nutrition, ongoing education and comfortable accommodation” said Arindam, Head of Youth Development for FC Madras.
As a part of its plans, FC Madras is getting an international size football pitch ready in Thoraipakkam, Chennai for its home matches and will be getting it certified by FIFA in time for the next season of the I-League. However, unlike traditional football clubs, FC Madras will be building the foundations of the club through its academy and playing competitive football in the youth divisions before building a senior team. Over the course of the year, the best players in the academy will get a chance to represent FC Madras in the U13 and U15 divisions and will eventually graduate to the U18 and senior teams.
Arindam, an AFC-A certified coach himself, has been busy looking out for talent with his scouts, and the team have already selected 30 players from across India. The academy will be accepting applications for the first batch until the 30th of June 2018, and interested players can apply by submitting a video of their skills on their website.
In addition to the full-time academy, FC Madras also offers regular training programs for kids and youth players who want to get trained by certified coaches. The club already has over 20 training centres in the city, including ones in areas like Adyar, T. Nagar, Velachery and Thoraipakkam.
For more information about FC Madras, please visit https://www.fcmadras.com/.
About FC Madras:
FC Madras is a professional football club based out of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which competes in the U13 and U15 youth divisions of the I-League. In addition to playing competitive matches, the club runs a high-performance football academy with a fully-sponsored scholarship for talented players who want to pursue a career in football. Founded in 2006 by Arindam Biswas and Joseph Vaz, FC Madras has been promoting grassroots football in the country for over 12 years. Today, it features one of the largest football training programs in South India, with over 500 kids enrolled in 20 training centres across Chennai. It is backed by a charitable trust created by Girish Mathrubootham, Founder and CEO of Freshworks and Retd. Honourable Justice E. Padmanabhan. To learn more about FC Madras, please visit https://www.fcmadras.com or call 044-33182266.