Two BMC school kids to train at EPL club Crystal Palace

Updated: Sep 20, 2016, 10:31 IST | Narendra Sastry |

They say sports is a great leveler. And it holds true as two BMC school kids have been selected along with eight from across the nation to train at English Premier League Club Crystal Palace FC in the United Kingdom for 10 days from September 11 onwards

They say sports is a great leveler. And it holds true as two BMC school kids have been selected along with eight from across the nation to train at English Premier League Club Crystal Palace FC in the United Kingdom for 10 days from September 11 onwards.

Ashish Jadhav and Avantika Solanki
Ashish Jadhav and Avantika Solanki

Ashish Jadhav (16), an ex-student of Aseema Santacruz Municipal School (Bandra) currently studying in Shri GPM degree college (Andheri) and Avantika Solanki (13) of Shindewadi Municipal School (Dadar) have been given this golden opportunity courtesy of their performances in this year's Tata Motors School Football Championships.

Just For Kicks (JFK), an NGO, are the technical partners of these Championships which featured more than 225 teams. They also support Ashish and Avantika through their
program.

Special feeling for Ashish
Ashish, who represented the U-16 champions Bandra Badshahs, is a keen follower of the Premier League. "It feels amazing to be selected out of so many players. It makes me feel special," said Ashish.

Meanwhile, Avantika, representing Shindewadi Superheroes not only won with her team in the U-12 finals but also won the Golden Boot which made the Crystal Palace scouts to sit up and take notice. "I feel excited and nervous at the same time. It will be a fantastic experience."

BookASmile, a charity initiative of Bookmyshow, is supporting JFK and are also sponsoring the kids, and Farzana Cama Balpande, head of BookASmile, believes it is an opportunity of a lifetime for them.

They will play friendly matches against the Kent County Cricket Centre (Bromley), Warlingham High School (Croydon), Bromley Football Club (Bromley) Crystal Palace Girls and Carshalton Boys School (Sutton).

The group will also get to watch the Crystal Palace versus Stoke City game on September 18. Apart from this they will visit Premier League stadiums and will be taken on a city sightseeing tour around London.

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