During its annual general meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, the PFA won the award for the AIFF’s best developing grassroots programme.
The focus on grassroots is not a surprise because the men running the show in Punjab is a former footballer (Deepak Kumar) and the owner (Sameer Thapar) of JCT Mills, a team that won the country’s first national league title in 199697. Deepak Kumar is the PFA secretary while Thapar is the president.
Besides PFA and JCT, all other grassroots centers/academies running in Punjab are also responsible for this achievement.
The efforts from Sant Baba Bhag Singh Football Academy, Nikki Ghuman, YFC-Rurka Kalan, Doaba Sporting Club-Khera-Mahilpur, Kuljit Football Academy, Bhalla Pind, Khalsa SS School-Baddon, Guru Nanak Sports Academy-Bilga and SBS Football Academy-Jagraon are also instrumental for PFA’s recognition, said a press release.