FC Schalke coach Kai Brock thinks India need more focus on the Grassroot Devolopment
Germany’s golden hub FC Schalke 04 has a great history of producing great players from their youth development wings. They have already produced stars like Manuel Nuer, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Leroy Sane.
German Football Academy and School of sports have extended their partnership, the reason why two great coaches from FC Schalke 04 Mr Kai Brock (Senior youth academy coach) and Mr Tom Albrecht (Asst coach of Schalke) visit India to train U15 players and IFA coaches.
Indian media Khel Now met Mr Kai Brock (Senior youth academy coach of Schalke) and Mr Tom Albrecht (Asst coach of Schalke) and spoke about their experience in India.
Mr Kai Brock spoke about their experience in India
” It’s my second time and Tom’s first, visiting here in India. I was in Mumbai last year with an NGO. First, we went to Chennai and worked with some selected kids from youth-level tournaments. In Kolkata, we worked with some kids with the GFA and the U-15 Bengal. In my opinion, the people in India love football and it’s a growing market. But there are also some things we have to improve, mainly at the grassroots level.” Mr Kai Brock spoke to the Khel Now media.
Mr Kai Brock on the player’s strength
” The strength is always the motivation to play football. This is a common theme all over the world. Because football has its own power to motivate people to move, to play and to have fun. This is the base you must work on to start improving football at the grassroots.”
Mr Kai Brock on grassroots process
” This is just a short, quick view on grassroots football. We saw some schools, some GFA kids and some selected teams in Chennai. For a general idea, I need more time observing the kids and learning more about them.”
Mr Kai Brock compared Indian football with European Football
” See, you can’t really compare this with Europe. In Europe, we have a completely different history of football and a different form of organization and structure. Every region in India is organized differently. The different systems, they work with different topics and different ways to select players and different ways to educate coaches.”