The Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad concluded its first ever international football camp at the end of the two-week vacation. 79 students from grades 5-11 took part in the residential camp between 8th-18th October. Heading the camp were four seasoned coaches from Canada and the UK. The aim of the camp was to advance footballing ability in students and also instil values to carry into their careers.
“This camp has been an inspirational experience,” said head coach Karim Jaffer, “To be able to give back to the community and to work with the Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad is a privilege and an honour.” Visiting coaches for camp this year were Karim Jaffer, head coach of team England at Jubilee Games 2016; Moise Gulamhusein, head coach of team UK (Ladies) at Jubilee Games 2016; Amyn Bhulji, founder of the Ismaili Youth Football Club, Canada; and Hanif Ladha, an Ontario Soccer Association certified coach.
“Running a camp at the Academy is a dream come true,” said coach Amyn. The camp’s senior most coach, Amyn, is spending his retirement years travelling to different countries, organising football camps for children from diverse backgrounds. “A camp like this is an excellent opportunity for students; this is the type of training that motivates and prepares students to get scholarships at the university level.”
“Moise challenges us in training and really motivates us,” shared Iqra Jiwani, grade 8. “These two weeks have made me more confident on and off the ball.” An English Football Association certified coach, Moise primarily trained girls of grades 7-11. The Academy U16 and U18 girls’ teams finished second at the recent interschool sports competition held at the Academy at the beginning of October, and perhaps the experience from this camp will carry them through the finals next year. “I’m grateful that our girls got to train under Moise who has experience coaching women’s teams,” says Ravi Kumar, head of sports at the Academy. “This was a great opportunity to give students exposure to international coaching.”
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