Aman Nadkarni, a student of The Emerald Heights International School, has made the city proud by making it to a professional football club in France. Gone for a year's intercultural exchange programme through AFS India to Lycee Lesage School in Vannes, France, Aman has signed a year’s contract with French club AS Menimur in the Under-17 team.
With the dream of playing the game professionally, Aman did not expect to join a professional club. His host parents — Jeannine Le Courtois and Georges Donard — encouraged him to go for trials where he got selected and later, received a call to represent the club.
"My host mother found this club and made me apply for it around three weeks back. The trials were very difficult and demanded better speed and more physical strength. Slowly, I adapted to their pace and was selected to play for AS Menimur." Speaking more about soccer, Aman stressed involvement of foreign countries for Indian footballers to improve their game.
"There is a lot of difference between the ways football is played in both countries. Indian footballers should not limit themselves only to India. They need to know the world of football by going to not just France, but other countries as well; giving them a better exposure."
The young footballer, from the time of his selection, has played three matches against famous French clubs like Vannes Olympic Club where international player Didier Drogba started his soccer career. "I was once dropped out of the team. My second last match was against Vannes Olympic Club which has a great history attached to itself."
He started playing football at an early age and got selected for his school's U-14 team when he was 11 years old. Inspired by his elder brother, Aman would love to have his career made in football in the future. He plans to improve himself as a footballer and wishes to play as many matches as possible while in France.