Leicester City’s Under-14s

LCFC U14s In Mumbai For Premier League Football Development Week

Leicester City’s Under-14s traded football for kabaddi and brought the excitement of the Premier League to Mumbai, as part of the Premier League Football Development Week.

- Leicester City’s Under-14s have been in Mumbai for Premier League Football Development Week
- A series of youth-focused football events were held there, in partnership with the Hero Indian Super League
- Former Foxes striker Les Ferdinand joined the week’s activities

In partnership with the Hero Indian Super League and UK Department for International Trade, a series of football events were held in the city, aimed at supporting youth player development, as well as the professional development of ISL coaches and referees.

Leicester City’s U14s were joined by youngsters from Arsenal’s academy for the PL-ISL Youth Games 2019, which saw them compete against Mumbai City FC and Reliance Young Champs’ academy teams.

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LCFC U14s Introduced To Kabaddi In India

Leicester City's U14s, in India for the Premier League Football Development Week, try out the popular sport of Kabaddi during their stay.

Representatives from Leicester City, the Premier League and Arsenal led workshops, club-to-club training, referee development and forums for ISL and All India Federation coaches and executives, with the week also providing participants with unique cultural and educational learning opportunities.

Premier League Director of Football Richard Garlick said: “It has been an excellent experience for all involved, not only from a football development point of view, but also as a platform to share ideas and best practice, while offering a valuable cultural experience to young players and coaches from the Academy teams.

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Leicester City’s Under-14s
Leicester City’s Under-14s

The Club's Under-14s have represented Leicester City admirably during the trip.

“It was fantastic to bring the first Youth Games of its kind to Mumbai, giving young players from Arsenal and Leicester City the chance to play against local Indian youth teams. We saw some promising young talent in action and I look forward to seeing football in India continue to grow at all levels of the game.”

Former Foxes striker Les Ferdinand was also in attendance; he took part in youth coach training sessions and knowledge-sharing workshops with key football and sports organisations.

I have been impressed by the talented young players I have seen in action this week and am excited for what the future holds for football in India.

Les Ferdinand

He said: “Football is clearly on the rise in India and the passion and commitment of all those involved in the Football Development Week shows there is a real desire to see that continue. I have been impressed by the talented young players I have seen in action this week and am excited for what the future holds for football in India.”

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