They displayed amazing enthusiasm all throughout Goal 2013 tournament held at the Sacred Heart College at Thevara.
Quite talented themselves, some of the 15 ball boys who had played an essential part of the tournament are also district-level under-12 football players.
At the venue of the valedictory function, these kids spoke about their love for football and how they wish to make it big one day and represent Kerala for the Santhosh Trophy football tournament.
“Football is a great game and mastering the skills involved in the game is a beauty in itself. I wish to pursue this game for a long time,” shares Allen Xavier, who has also played in the district level.
The boys also say that Goal 2013 instilled in them fresh experience. “It was fun all throughout. The best part was that we were able to play a friendly match with the winners of Santhosh Trophy 1973 batch,” adds Anirudhan.
“Eye contact is very important and team spirit is essential. The ‘chetta’s who were part of the tournament taught us a few nuances of the game. We enjoyed our part as ball boys,” he added.
Some of the other players include Richu, Pradhum Kumar, Kent Joseph, Aditya Gopal, Vishnu and Milan. Kent Joseph has also
received classes from the world’s leading clubs ‘Barcelona’ at New Delhi last year.
These students who are from the St Mary’s School at Thevara are currently being trained under the SH Football Academy and is being coached under K Raveendran.