Dzongu boy selected for training at Reliance Foundation Youth Sports in Mumbai

Gangtok, 19 May:

Rapgay Lepcha from Namchi Sports Hostel has been selected for Football Academy of Reliance Foundation Youth Sports, Mumbai.

The 12-year-old boy is from Hee-Gyathang, Dzongu and had joined Namchi Sports Hostel in February 2017.

The news of Ragpay Lepcha’s selection in Reliance Foundation Football Academy was confirmed by Namchi Sports Hostel head coach, Suren Chettri.

Reliance Foundation Youth Sports is a residential football scholarship academy based in Navi, Mumbai aimed to revolutionize grassroots sports in India. It was started in 2016.

Mr Chettri informed that the news of Ragpay being selected for the academy was confirmed a couple of days ago.

Ragpay along with Sumit Pradhan from Namchi Sports Hostel and Sujal Rai from Mellidara were shortlisted for the final national level trial at Mumbai earlier this month. The trio was among thousands of kids who had attended the state and regional level selection rounds held in different parts of the country. The three kids were selected from the first round held at Namchi by the Reliance Foundation Football Academy coaches.

The trio had also passed the northeastern level selection round held at Siliguri.

Around 1200 kids took part in the final selection round held at Mumbai.

Mr Chettri informed that Ragpay will be given a one year scholarship by the Reliance Foundation. The scholarship will be renewed annually depending on the performance and discipline shown by the kids retained at the academy.

Ragpay had joined Namchi Sports Hostel from North Sikkim Football Association. He is the second footballer from Sikkim to join the Reliance Foundation. Last year, Raj Kumar Sanyasi, also from Namchi Sports Hostel was selected by the foundation.

Mr Chettri also informed that four students from Namchi Sports Hostel had recently been selected by Mahogany Football Club Academy based in Chennai. It is also an elite football academy of India.

Namchi Sports Hostel under Sports and Youth Affairs Department currently has 30 students.