These are the Most Valuable Players from the Delhi Youth League matches played on 28th January, 2018-

Age Group Match Most Valuable Player
U9 IYSA-Josh B vs TBS Fighters (G) Mohit(IYSA-Josh B)
U11 IYSA-Josh B vs TBS Warriors (G) Aditya(IYSA-Josh B)
U13 IYSA-Josh B vs KDF Sunil(IYSA)
U18 IYSA-Josh vs TBS Nikhil(IYSA-Josh)



These are the Most Valuable Players from the Delhi Youth League matches played on 21st January, 2018-

Age Group Match Most Valuable Player
U9 BBFS Champions vs KDF Dylan(BBFS Champions)
U9 IYSA-Josh B vs YFI Jack(YFI)
U11 Delhi United vs KDF Adhiraj(KDF)
U11 IYSA-Josh A vs YFI Lucky(IYSA-Josh A)
U11 Dynamic FA vs IYSA-Josh B Aditya(IYSA-Josh B)
U13 KDF vs Kutumb B Vashu(KDF)
U13 Foot and Boot vs IYSA-Josh A Aakash(IYSA-Josh A)
U13 Dynamic FA vs IYSA-Josh B Asmith(IYSA-Josh B)
U13 BBFS vs YFI Mahir(BBFS)
U15 Foot and Boot vs Kutumb Kishan(Kutumb)



These are the Most Valuable Players from the Delhi Youth League matches played on 13th & 14th January, 2018-

Age Group Match Most Valuable Player
U9 BBFS Stars vs KDF Shaurya (KDF)
U9 BBFS Champions vs Kutumb A Aahan (BBFS Champions)
U9 IYSA-Josh A vs IYSA-Josh B Aditya (IYSA-Josh B)
U11 Dynamic FA vs KDF Aryan (Dynamic FA)
U11 IYSA-Josh A vs IYSA-Josh B Anurag (IYSA-Josh B)
U13 Dynamic FA vs Fhamrock FA Ritwik (Fhamrock FA)
U13 Foot and Boot vs KDF Himanshu (KDF)
U13 BBFS vs Kutumb B Yash (BBFS)
U13 IYSA-Josh A vs IYSA-Josh B Puran (IYSA-Josh A)
U15 Dynamic FA vs YFI Giri (YFI)
U18 Delhi United vs Foot and Boot Shreyas (Delhi United)
U18 KDF vs KKM Jagga (KDF)
U18 BBFS vs OSA Sahil (OSA)


Most Valuable Players for Delhi Youth League (Week 9)

These are the Most Valuable Players from the Delhi Youth League matches played on 26th December, 2017-

Age Group Match Most Valuable Player
U9 IYSA-Josh A vs KDF Shaurya (KDF)
U11 Delhi United vs Dynamic FA Ritwik (Dynamic FA)
U13 Dynamic FA vs Kutumb B Rabnoor (Dynamic FA)
U13 Foot & Boot vs Kutumb A Gaurav (Kutumb A)
U13 Fhamrock FA vs IYSA-Josh B Swapnil (IYSA-Josh B)
U15 Dynamic FA vs Foot & Boot Ayush (Dynamic FA)
U18 Foot & Boot vs Football Link Tejas (Football Link)
U18 IYSA-Josh vs KDF Akshunna (KDF)


Most Valuable Players for Delhi Youth League (Week 8)

These are the Most Valuable Players from the Delhi Youth League matches played on 16th-17th December, 2017-

Age Group Match Most Valuable Player
U9 TBS Tacklers vs YFI Jean (YFI)
U9 TBS Dribblers vs TBS Fighters(G) Caleb (TBS Drbblers)
U9 BBFS Stars vs IYSA-Josh A Naman (IYSA-Josh A)
U9 BBFS Champions vs IYSA-Josh B Ahaan (BBFS Champions)
U11 TBS Strikers vs TBS Warriors(G) Shaurya (TBS Strikers)
U11 TBS Defenders vs YFI Aaron (TBS)
U11 Delhi United vs IYSA-Josh A Vedant (Delhi United)
U11 BBFS Aces vs IYSA-Josh B Aditya (IYSA-Josh B)
U13 Fhamrock FA vs IYSA-Josh A Kartik (Fhamrock FA)
U13 BBFS vs IYSA-Josh B Vivek (IYSA-Josh B)
U15 Kutumb vs YFI Sharif (Kutumb)
U15 IYSA-Josh vs TBS Tarun(IYSA-Josh)
U18 Delhi United vs TBS Yoav (TBS)
U18 BBFS vs Football Link Ashu (BBFS)
U18 Foot and Boot vs OSA Jaed (OSA)
U18 IYSA-Josh vs KKM Yatharth (IYSA-Josh)


Delhi Youth League Season Six Begins

Delhi Youth League Season Six Begins

To kick off the new season, His Excellency, Alphonsus Stoelinga, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in India kicked-off the event with an opening match between Dynamic Football Academy and Kutumb Foundation. The Delhi Youth League (DYL) has a total of 72 teams participating across six age groups. The league has grown nine times in the past five years, since the first season.

Delhi Youth League is the largest and the longest-running youth football league across the region. With an objective to introduce competitive youth football in India for children across various cultures, religions and economic backgrounds, the league brings together children from various Football Academies, Schools and NGOs. The Delhi Youth League is set up so that at least 20% of teams come from under-privileged backgrounds and play for free, supported by the other companies and the organisers of the league. This opportunity allows each child to play and improve his or her football skills through a fun and learning-based system, under the motto; ‘The best teacher is the game itself’.

This growth has continued to be seen through the introduction of the Girls’ league, from December 3rd 2017, for players across the age range of 13 to 15, due to popular demand, thus providing even more football opportunities.

Unique features of the Delhi Youth league:

  • Longest-duration football league: each season extends up to  7-8 months in a year;
  • Children from various social-economic background play in our league;
  • Children play with each other in a competitive environment where race, religion, economic status do not matter;
  • 6 age groups;
  • Age-group specific rules to ensure a conducive and competitive environment maximising opportunities for progressive development of players.

His Excellency, Alphonsus Stoelinga, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands has been patron of the league since its second season.  Speaking on the occasion The Ambassador emphasised  the importance of sports as a medium, and football in particular, to help bridge gaps between people across various race, religion and economic status. The Delhi Youth League has stood for this value since its inception.

A common sentiment expressed by parents about the league was that the league has got children excited about playing football. Sundays have become a fun-filled day beginning with a game of football. In this season, The Delhi Youth League has enabled children to look forward to playing matches every Sunday, for 7 months in a year.

AGS Fourwinds, an International Removals, Relocation & storage company has been a keen supporter to the league over the past few years. Athiti Voyages: A travel company has renewed its sponsorship to the league after a gap of two years. Dr. Poonam Batra, Multi-Speciality Dental Clinic, continues her patronage to the league for the 4th consecutive year. Adie Broswon, who have been ground sponsors of the league for the third consecutive year and Saab Group: Has come in to support an NGO participating in the league for the second year.  Their contributions have helped 4 economically under-privileged teams play in the league.

The Delhi Youth League would like to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors, both individuals as well as corporates, for their continued support to the league.

The Delhi Youth League, provides an opportunity to organisations to reach out to their target audience through on-ground experiential marketing by putting Kiosk at the venue as well as through a robust digital marketing. If you are interested in being associated with the league, as a corporate sponsor or as an individual, Click here . We will get back to you.


Youth Football International’s start to Delhi Youth League

Youth Football International (YFI) has started the new season of DYL brilliantly across all age groups, playing attractive, free flowing and exciting football.

Despite losing their first two games YFI U7s performances have been superb, showing their continued development. YFI U9s have had their share of wins and losses in this season; after losing in their first game, they bounced back winning 8-0 in their second fixture of the season showing how hard they are working to improve their techniques and game understanding.

In the older age groups, the U13s, U15s and U18s have all started brightly. The U13s performed superbly in their first fixture of the season obtaining the desired result. Both the U15s and U18s have started with one victory and one loss from their opening games but are performing brilliantly, presenting the YFI style of play, technical skill and passion to perform to their best in every fixture.

All the Youth Football International coaches are extremely happy and proud of our teams, particularly in regards to the  attitude, passion and belief in the system. Well done to everyone that has been involved and keep up the good work and thank you to everyone for your continued support!

SGI Lands Indian Super League UK TV Rights

SGI Lands Indian Super League UK TV Rights

Sporting Group International has pulled off a major coup by assisting in bringing live international football to UK TV screens.

BritAsiaTV, a platform leader for British Asian music, entertainment and politics, will show the Indian Super League (ISL) in a multi-year deal on free-to-air UK television.

Widely renowned as one of the most up and coming leagues in world football, 95 games from India‘s Premier Football division will be shown on the channel from 17 November 2017.

BritAsiaTV will feature a triple header of games each week, beginning with delayed ‘as live’ coverage from the ISL on Friday and Saturday evenings, followed by a live broadcast on Sunday afternoon.  With the UK’s Asian population now topping 4.4 million, an expectant audience now awaits.

More details of BritAsiaTV’s exciting coverage will be announced in due course.

The League this year will feature a number of familiar faces to football fans from the UK, amongst those former Ireland and Tottenham legend Robbie Keane will be wearing the shirt of reigning champions Atletico de Kolkota whilst former England and Manchester United Wes Brown is due to line up for Kerala Blasters.

BritAsiaTV, which has been broadcasting on Sky TV channel 824 since 2008, is now available on Vision TV Freeview (channel 264), online at as well as Virgin TV (channel 840). More recently BritAsiaTV has introduced itself on both the Amazon Prime and Apple TV platforms, making its potential reach enormous and accessible to all.

Adrian Wright, Chief Executive Officer at Sporting Group International, was understandably delighted by this major announcement:

“We at Sporting Group International are proud to have been successful in assisting BritAsiaTV to bring live coverage of the Indian Super League to the UK.

“Watching live football is an expensive hobby in this country, so this deal will give the nation the opportunity to watch one of the best emerging leagues in world football for free.

“The fever and excitement generated by crowds in the ISL is second-to-none, and we’ve no doubt BritAsiaTV will deliver a first class presentation that will generate a lot of interest.”

Tony Shergill, Managing Director of BritAsiaTV, was understandably pleased by his station’s new signing:

“BritAsiaTV is a strong household brand amongst the Asian community and we’re keen to support and promote the cultural identity and voice of British Asians.  The acquisition of the India Super League rights will open up a new audience to our station as we head towards our tenth anniversary.

“Free-to-air football is a rarity these days and we’re delighted to bring one of the world’s most up and coming leagues to the masses.”


The Hero ISL is the second most popular sport on TV in India and is now the second most actively participated sport in India, second only to cricket.

The Hero ISL now boasts the fourth highest average attendance in world football, behind Germany’s Bundesliga, The Premier League and Spain’s La Liga.

The ISL season runs from November through to March with each team playing each other once both home and away. Unlike most top leagues, the ISL offers no relegation from its division.

Each club is allowed a maximum of eight foreign and a minimum of 15 domestic players within their 25 man squad.

Many UK known coaches will be plying their trade in the ISL, including Teddy Sheringham, John Gregory, Ashley Westwood, Steve Coppell and former Fulham coach Rene Meulensteen.

Republic of Ireland’s all time appearance and goalscoring record holder Robbie Keane also recently announced he would be joining current ISL Champions Atletico De Kolkata for this forthcoming season, whilst former Manchester United and England defender Wes Brown has just signed a deal to link up with Kerala Blasters for the new season.


BritAsiaTV features the very best in Asian music, both UK based and overseas music. Being a diverse channel with a main focus of Bhangra, Punjabi Pop and Bollywood, BritAsiaTV also offers viewers R&B, Urban music, Hip Hop and Underground music.

Youth Football International offers girls’ football coaching at the American Embassy School, Chanakyapuri, Delhi.

Youth Football International offers girls’ football coaching at the American Embassy School, Chanakyapuri, Delhi.

September 5th, 2017

Youth Football International, the football academy business of Premier Sports International, will soon offer separate girls’ football coaching to children from the age groups of 12 to 18. The coaching programme will be open to students from other schools who are keen to develop their football skills under the best playing facility and with highly qualified and experienced international coaches. The football fields at the American Embassy School are the best the city has to offer. The fields are 3G Astro-turf and artificially lit. Our international coaches are UEFA or FA (UK) licensed; our Director of Coaching is UEFA A qualified.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Karl Zigmand - Director of Student Activities and Athletics at The American Embassy School said, “AES is happy to begin our 5th year working with YFI to bring top quality football to AES. Adding a new opportunity for girls at AES is very exciting and we hope to see this new program really take off”.

The Youth Football International Centre of Excellence popularly known as the YFI-COE will provide 3 coaching sessions a week.

Youth Football International, the football academy wing of Sporting Group International, has been coaching children from the age groups of 5 to 18 for the past 5 years. In addition, the company is involved in coaching middle and senior school boys in the school. Students are prepared for interschool competitions and have won laurels for the school.  Karl Zigmand, added “The quality of coaches has resulted in a large number of children joining the academy. While the younger girls have played with boys, there has been an increased demand to start  separate girls’ coaching sessions for the older age groups. We have gone a step further by inviting girls from other schools to join the academy.

The academy will be training children across three age groups. Under 14s, Under 16s and U 18s.

For information on the academy or to register,


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Call : Mahima Bhatia on +91 9999647267

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Youth Football International renews contract to provide football coaching at the American Embassy School, Chanakyapuri , Delhi.

August 26th, 2017

Youth Football International, the football academy business of Premier Sports International renewed its contract with The American Embassy School for the 5th consecutive year. The football fields at the American Embassy School are the best the city has to offer. The fields are 3G Astro-turf artificially lit. Our international coaches are UEFA or FA (UK) licensed; our Director of Coaching is UEFA A qualified.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Karl Zigmand - Director of Student Activities and Athletics at The American Embassy School said, “AES is happy to begin our 5th year working with YFI to bring top quality football to AES. Adding a new opportunity for girls at AES is very exciting and we hope to see this new program really take off”.

The Youth Football International Centre of Excellence popularly known as the YFI-COE provides 2 to3 sessions a week on the AES artificial turf, with teams coached by our internationally qualified coaches and licensed Indian coaches.

Setting the instructional approach to be adopted by the academy, Julio Segret, the Director of Coaching emphasised, “The Academy will be run like a typical European Football Club. We train during the week and if selected, play matches on Sundays and/or Saturdays in the Delhi Youth League. We expect every player to attend both training sessions. Our coaches will also take the team to the game on Saturday/Sunday.

The academy will offer the following sessions for all different age groups:

  • Diddy Dribblers: 3 – 5-year olds.

A huge amount of fun and a great way to introduce your child to a sporting environment. We work on the ABC’s (Agility, Balance, Co-ordination/concentration) by doing little drills with the ball in hand and feet, a great way to improve the little ones motor skills.

  • Girl’s Only football

Though some girls are more than happy and capable of mixing it with the boys, research has shown that younger girls are much more comfortable learning the game with their own gender. We offer age appropriate sessions for girls with a view to getting enough players to start a league.

  • Under  9s, 11s 13s 15s & 18’s Centre of Excellence

We provide two coaching sessions a week and the opportunity to play in the Delhi Youth League for one of our teams on a Sunday. Players in these age groups are in the “Golden Years” of learning and it is vital they are picking up the right techniques and habits needed to take them forward in the game.

Why Join YFI

  • We only use the highest quality fields and equipment. YFI runs its academy like a typical European football club, focusing on children and their development and offering a safe and fun environment for them to enjoy playing football.
  • The football fields at the American Embassy School are the best the city has to offer. The fields are 3G Astro-turf artificially lit.
  • Best skilled overseas coaches. Our international coaches are UEFA or FA (UK) licensed. Our Technical Director is UEFA A qualified.
  • Teams represent the academy at the Delhi Youth League which is the longest running and most recognised private football League in Delhi. 
  • Players have the option to participate in a minimum of 2 international tournaments per academic year
  • Delhi’s best football coaching programme for 3 to 18-year olds.
  • We follow a very low student-coach ratio 1:12
  • We offer attractive discounts to AES students.
  • Students from economically disadvantaged sections are provided scholarships.

In addition to the health benefits of sports for children, the coaching sessions are a great opportunity for children to widen their social circle and refine their team playing skills under the guidance of our coaches. For parents, it is an ideal opportunity to watch their children develop their prosocial behaviours and skills through sport.

For information on the academy or to register,

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Call : Mahima Bhatia on +91 9999647267

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Youth Football International academy hires UEFA-A licensed Director of Football for the American Embassy School

August 25th, 2017

Sporting Group International is proud to announce the appointment of Julio Segret, a UEFA A licensed coach, as the Director of football at the American Embassy School. He will be assisted by a team of other international and Indian coaches. He succeeds Luke Vyoce a UEFA B license coach from the UK.

Julio Segret, a Spanish national, has over 18 years of youth coaching experience training children from the age groups of 6 to 19. He has considerable experience in coaching children across Asia and Europe. In India, he had an earlier stint working as a voluntary coach in a school He played in the junior national league for Deportivo de la Coruña. Speaking of his decision to join Youth Football International, Julio said, I have visited various academies across the country, the infrastructure at the American Embassy School is by far the best I have seen. The professionalism of the organisation and the work culture allows a coach to work with the children. The children are keen to improve and reach the next level. The YFI academy also provides a unique opportunity to train children across various social economic backgrounds in the best facility.

Youth football International has been running its academy at the American Embassy School for the past 5 years. As an organisation we believe in offering the best in terms of field, equipment, coaches and experience. The students train on 3gAstro-turf flood lit grounds. Keeping in mind the scorching summer temperatures in Delhi, the children train late evenings in a safe environment at The American Embassy School.

Yet another recent appointment to the Academy at the American Embassy School is Callum Burston, a British coach, recently completed a short stint training children in the USA. He spend the last two years coaching in England during his time at Loughborough University, Callum has an English FA level 2 coaching license. In addition, he has a safeguarding children and emergency first aid certificate.

The new members of the team join our current and much-loved coaches, Remy Uriel, a Gabonese national, who has been with the academy for the past 5 years and Virender Singh an AFC-C license coach, who recently undertook an English Premier Skills programme where he stood out, and was recognised, for his excellent coaching skills.

Speaking on the appointments Adrian Wright, CEO Sporting Group International said "I am delighted that we have secured the services of Julio Segret from Spain and Callum Burston from the United Kingdom to continue with the signature of Youth Football International in hiring quality European coaches to compliment our existing coaching infrastructure. We have a busy and exciting season ahead of us and wish all concerned a good one"

Children need to develop their football skills. We have many students at the academy who are keen to take up football as a career. While we have the best fields, it is important to provide the best in terms of coaching skills available. To this end, we can proudly state, that YFIA provides optimal conditions for the nurturing of rising talent.


For information on the academy,

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Call : Mahima Bhatia on +91 9999647267

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Scholarship Trial Winners!

Scholarship Trial Winners!


TRIALS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS ! (For Boys and Girls) were conducted on 19th August, Saturday at Kapashera Farms, New Delhi.

The results are as follows -

U19 (Boys)
1. Ashish Kumar (GK)
2. Sachin Mishra
3. Rahul Dhand
4. Suraj Kumar
5. Dhruv Bassi
6. Sahil Phogat

U15 (Boys)
1. Krish Uppal
2. Anudeep Sharma
3. Eisha Hasan

U11 (Boys)
1. Medhansh Nathani

U9 (Boys)
1. Aarush Nathani

Girls 16 and above
1. Shivani Garg

U16 Girls
1. Devika
2. Samdarshini
3. Shruti
4. Simran

Thanks for the tremendous response!

 SGI Scores with Indian Super League

SGI Scores with Indian Super League

Sporting Group International have expanded their business with a continued sortie into the professional Indian football market.

The Indian Super League, widely regarded as one of the fastest growing leagues in world football, boasts the fifth highest average attendance and now SGI have acquired the services of five top flight players, providing them with on and off field representation whilst aiding them in their all-round career development.

Indian under-23 internationals Jayesh Rane and Rahul Bheke, Ex- Afghanistan captain Zohib Islam Amiri, ‘India’s David Beckham’ Steven Dias, and Rohit Mirza join SGI’s stable with the group of players now awaiting news of their next destinations for the upcoming campaign.

Rane, 24, played a valuable part in Aizawl FC’s fairy-tale triumph of I-League.  Beginning his career at Mumbai FC before being promoted to the senior team and spent five years with the local club. The Mumbai boy also had a spell with Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League (ISL), proving to be a key player in team’s title quest.

Meanwhile Bheke, 26, has plyed his trade for the past two seasons for Kerala Blasters and FC Pune City in India’s top league, making the most appearances of any Indian player in the league last season.

Amiri, 27, has played a for a host of Indian clubs and worn the FC Goa colours in the ISL’s inaugural season. With 42 national team caps to his name, he also led the national team to glory at the 2013 SAFF Championships.

Rane, who was delighted to be joining the SGI family, said, “I am extremely happy to sign with Sporting Group International. Adrian and Karan have a long-term plan for me, which I am confident of achieving with them. I look forward to working with SGI.”

Bheke echoed his fellow countrymen’s sentiments, commenting: “I’m very excited to begin this journey with SGI.  I completely trust my decision to join with them and cannot wait to join forces.  Together we will make it big.”

After signing with SGI, Amiri said: “Born and raised in Afghanistan, India feels like home now. I thank Adrian and Karan for the association with SGI and this huge international tie up.  I can’t wait to get started!”

SGI Chief Executive Adrian Wright was understandably excited about the new partnerships:

“India is a massive market that has huge potential, my love affair started in October 2014 through my previous role with West Bromwich Albion.  In less than three years we now own and operate a grassroots football business in New Delhi that is expanding rapidly under the pressure of demand coming from the youth of India wanting to play the great game.

“With the new addition of our talent management service, it was a natural fit, enabling us to provide professional players with support and guidance in the emerging professional football arena in India.

“Not only that, we now offer a 360-degree solution for managing and identifying talent for the future of Indian Football.

“SGI Board of Directors are very clear that financial rewards from our work in the player representation market will be re-invested into our grassroots development business, providing an eco-system to the game.

“We believe this is a first for India of which we are immensely proud of.

“I am now very much looking forward to building a long and fruitful relationship with our players with support of our strategic partner Karan Amin from Mumbai. There is lots of work to be done as many of our players will be featuring in the ISL draft selection process, whilst others will be transferred through direct negotiation with the clubs.”

YFI at Old Trafford!

YFI at Old Trafford!

This is what happens when you join YFI - a truly international experience. Our U-15 star - Zoma was selected for a one week training camp with Manchester United and met his future team mates…thanks to Apollo tyres!

'West Bromwich Albion - Air India' deal agreed as club delegation heads for Delhi

'West Bromwich Albion - Air India' deal agreed as club delegation heads for Delhi

West Bromwich Albion are delighted to announce Air India as the Club’s Official Regional Airline Sponsor. The deal is announced as a four-man delegation from The Hawthorns heads to Delhi this weekend to continue Albion’s strategic links in the region.

Albion’s officials will be holding talks aiming to further strengthen the Club’s working relationship with Delhi Dynamos, one of the new Indian Super League clubs which secured the loan of striker Adil Nabi for their campaign. They do so with the Baggies now having cemented their partnership with Air India, which has assisted the club’s travel to India to support the extensive and on-going grassroots initiatives Albion are already delivering there.

As part of the agreement, Air India will feature on the pitchside LED at The Hawthorns, as well as in the match-day programme and other promotional assets at the club. Air India’s Assistant General Manager, Vishwanath Paynam, said - “We are delighted to be in partnership with West Bromwich Albion. It’s an association which has grown with the service provided for their visit to India which we believe can continue to flourish in the future.”

The timing for club and airline could not be better as Director of Football Administration - Richard Garlick and Sales and Marketing Director - Adrian Wright are joined by Director of Communications - Martin Swain and Albion Foundation Director - Rob Lake for the five-day Delhi visit. Highlight will be their attendance at the Dynamos' home clash against Atlético de Kolkata in which Nabi is expected to feature as the Delhi side bid to maintain their title challenge in the second ISL campaign.

“Football is taking off in a big way in India and it is a natural territory for us in an era when so many Premier League clubs are expanding globally,” said Wright. “We have good links already with Delhi Dynamos but we wish to agree a way forward and cement our working relationship. There are many areas in which partnership goals are mutual – player loans such as Adil’s, grassroots development and talent searching, business growth via partnerships and social media and data growth. This trip will give us an opportunity to explore all of these avenues still further. We are now in an international age and the club recognises that to stand still will be to be left behind."

This is only the second ISL season but its average attendance of 24,357 in its debut campaign makes it the fourth biggest domestic league in world football. Nabi, the first Premier League professional to play in ISL, has forced his way into the Dynamos starting XI after a frustrating few weeks when he was held back by the League’s restrictions on overseas players. But after an impressive performance in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Mumbai City, he is expected to keep his place for Saturday’s Atlético de Kolkata clash. Dynamos are joint top of the ISL with FC Goa.

Kick off - Delhi Youth Girls' Football League

Kick off - Delhi Youth Girls' Football League

After more than a year of hard work and coordination efforts from Youth Football International (YFI), the Delhi Youth League and with support of the Barclays Premier League, last Saturday, 13th February, the Delhi Youth Girls League kicked off at the YFI Kapashera field. Nine teams have registered for this exciting event.

A total of 250 Girls from different religions and socio-economic backgrounds met with only one purpose: play football and have fun in the field. This has been a dream for many girls including 16-years old Bobby, who says - “I first saw football on TV at the age of 6. All I have wanted since then, is to play some ball”.

Their performance on Saturday has definitely demonstrated their passion for this sport as well as their impressive skills from a very young age.

In a country like India, where women rights have been always in the front news, it is very inspiring to see young girls and coaches with such a commitment for equality despite gender stereotypes and social beliefs.

Coaches have witnessed how girls have gained confidence with football and how they are able to see a way to step out of the cycle of poverty. This is the case of 13-years old Kehkasha, who says - “My game is improving and I am fitter, healthier and happier since I found football. When I grow up I want to be a pro player”.

The Girls League will continue next weekend and will be on until April 2016.

West Bromwich Albion to provide Premier League level coaching across 1200 schools in Delhi

West Bromwich Albion to provide Premier League level coaching across 1200 schools in Delhi

The project has the potential to reach tens of thousands of boys and girls who will not have experienced this level of coaching before. Nearly 4,250 miles separate - the Hawthorns and the great city of Delhi; but through the efforts of West Bromwich Albion and their partners in this enterprise – the Delhi State Government, University of Wolverhampton, Delhi Dynamos, The Albion Foundation and Youth Football International – they have made the distance disappear.

So what’s today all about? Three years ago, Albion launched the Pass It Forward project at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi and began building the Club’s profile in India driven by the desire to expand their audience beyond international boundaries and into a region which resonates so naturally and obviously with its own surrounds.

The Club have supported grassroots football in both Mumbai and Delhi and pioneered coaching support for some of the poorest youngsters in Delhi’s sprawling suburbs through a fully funded scholarship programme. After that trigger point, it seemed only natural to bond with Delhi Dynamos as the Indian Super League took grip and brought a booming football culture to the nation.

This culminated in Albion becoming the first Premier League club to loan an active first-team squad member, Adil Nabi, to the ISL via the Dynamos for their 2015 season. Now comes the next phase in these blossoming ties between Birmingham, the Black Country and the growing football fan-base in Delhi and across the ISL.

Following the Delhi State government granting permission for access, Albion and the University will be providing personnel to instil Premier League coaching values across 1200 schools in the region. This gives the project the potential to reach tens of thousands of boys and girls who will not have experienced this level of coaching before.

“In effect we are going out to ‘coach the coaches’ and spread the Pass It Forward message,” says Adrian Wright, Albion’s Sales and Marketing Director who has driven the Pass It Forward project from the outset.

“Ultimately, we want to establish a legacy that leaves a lasting impression on Delhi and India. It should be a legacy that extols the values of West Bromwich Albion and of course hopefully brings new fans to our attention.”

They are also developing their relationship with Delhi Dynamos all the time and their message is clear: “We’re here to stay and want to help football develop and through that improve the health and well-being of thousands of youngsters whose lives we can genuinely hope to change for the better.”

On the platform today, Adrian is joined by Albion’s captain and Scottish international Darren Fletcher, Professor Ian Oakes of the University of Wolverhampton, Delhi Dynamos president Prashant Argawal and Paul Schuttenbelt from Youth Football International.

The ISL is one of the newest but fastest growing football leagues in the world and was the subject of a Mutual Co-operation Agreement with the Premier League, the first of its kind for English football’s top division. Preparations for its third season are now underway but attendances are already only bettered in England, Germany and Spain.