The Lokko Sports Youth programme is taking wings and it is in this connection that Jack Albanese, a developmental coach from Manchester, is here for a two-day workshop with the community children, besides a stint with the South United Youth Club, whose senior team (SUFC) is part of the BDFA Super Division league.
“I have been flying in and out of Bangalore for sometime now… to structure and promote the Lokko Sports Soccer Schools in the City. Plans are afoot to have such centres in Mumbai and Dehradun besides Bangalore with an idea of creating a talent pool to serve Indian football for a long time,” said Albanese.
“There is a wealth of talent here… India is a sleeping giant in the sporting world… and with resources and talent aplenty, there is no doubt it will make a ‘big’ splash soon,” he added.
When queried about his plans of taking up coaching stints with bigger clubs or senior teams, Albanese clearly spelt out his dream: “I’m not cut out for the big league.
“I could not pursue my footballing career due to a foot injury when only 15 and hence took on the onus of coaching and developing talent.
“And I’m quite content working with the youth programmes or at the grassroots level,” said the coach.
“For now, it’s scouting for talent, and once we have a large enough pool, we should have a base either in Bangalore or Mumbai for long term coaching and training programmes.
“I intend to spend about four to six months here and then go back home for the remaining period,” he concluded.