To develop football from the grass root level in Mumbai and to raise the standard of the game in the country, the Essel Group has launched Mumbai FC. The logo and name was unveiled by Managing Director Amit Goenka at a ceremony last week.
Mumbai FC adopts the dictum that “every Mumbaikar from age 8-40, who feels he or she has the talent to play football, will get a chance to participate in the development of football culture in Mumbai. “We believe the standards of any sporting event can improve only when corporate houses take active interest in developing the game at the grass root level. Mumbai FC – the community-based Football Club in Mumbai will give football loving citizens an opportunity to participate in the game,” stated Amit Goenka, Managing Director, Essel Group.
Sanjay Das, Director, Mumbai FC said, “For the quality and standard of achievements in sports to develop in tune with the overall improvement in the economic activity, we at the Essel Group believe that the Indian Corporate has to actively participate in the building sports at the grass root level.”
“India lacks community-based teams that people can relate to. The launch of Mumbai FC will be a platform for the football community in Mumbai,” exclaimed Henry Menezes, General Manager, Mumbai FC.
Mumbai FC has roped in the services of David Booth as the Chief Coach to guide Mumbai FC’s fortunes. Booth is an experienced international coach, having been the National coach of Myanmar and Brunei. The first acid test for Mumbai FC is the Mumbai District Football Association’s leagues, where it has been granted entry into the Elite Division.
Besides the public face of Mumbai FC, which will revolve around the senior teams and under-19 and under-15 teams, there will be regular community-based activities involving groups right from the age of 8 to 45 plus. Mumbaifc.com will connect Mumbai’s football community to Mumbai FC. To become a member of Mumbai FC, register on the website.