Pune based DSK Group has teamed up with Premier League side Liverpool to set up a full time coaching academy in Pune.
The academy has a residential complex featuring full-size pitches, practice areas, classrooms, changing rooms, a gym, canteen, lecture theatre and medical facilities. This is the first time an English top-flight club has partnered with an Indian team to help them bring through local talent.
DSK Group also owns a local club DSK Shivajians. Pune is also home to Venky's, who currently own Championship side Liverpool.
The name of this academy will be 'LFC International Football Academy DSK' and will officially opened in the first week of January 2014. In the first year, academy will provide advance training to players of age group between 17 to 19 years.
Speaking about the partnership with Liverpool FC, Shirish Kulkarni, executive director of DSK Group, said: "This is a strategic move for us at DSK Shivajians FC which will give aspiring young footballers the opportunity to be coached by one of the world’s most famous football clubs – Liverpool FC. Coaches from Liverpool FC will work on the project in India and will pass on technical expertise from the club to the players and coaches involved in the academy.This will give them an opportunity to realise their potential. I am very confident that this academy will go a long way in placing India strongly on the national and international professional football map."
Commenting on this Dan White, head, of youth at the club said: "The results speak for themselves, as last season seven Academy players made their first-team debuts. Education and community work is key to the development of our young players and we look forward to taking our knowledge and experience of developing young footballers to India."
The club has plans to introduce more full-time coaches from Liverpool to oversee each age group at the new academy.