Bhaichung`s football academy to come up in Siliguri

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2011, 20:09 PM IST

Kolkata: The much-awaited academy of Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia on Wednesday got a green signal from the West Bengal government and it will come up in Siliguri.

The former India captain today said getting land would not be an issue and he is now looking forward to setting up a world class facility with three artificial turfs in Siliguri.

"The academy will have three artificial turfs and will have top coaches to train carefully-chosen talented footballers," Bhutia said after his meeting with North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb at Writer`s Building.

"It will also have world class facilities like swimming pool, gymnasium which can be used for other sport."

Bhutia, who also owns a club United Sikkim FC, said he would rope in top coaches in the world for the upcoming academy.

"Top football coaches would be available for the academy and it would have world class facilities in four to five years time. We will carefully choose the trainees," he said.

Asked why he chose Siliguri, Bhutia said, "The target is north Bengal and Northeast. Siliguri is the biggest football hub in Bengal after Kolkata which already has good facilities," he said.

The North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb said Bhutia has written about this in a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who is away in Delhi at the moment.

"We have agreed in principle to have the academy in Siliguri. The details of this would be finalised after the CM comes back. It will be named as the North Bengal Football Academy," Deb said.

PTI