“This is the best atmosphere for professional sport”

We Caught Up With Meeran Yoosuf Ravuther, The Manager of Alpha Football Academy, To Talk About The Facilities At The Inspire Institute Of Sport, Where The BFC Residential Academy Is Located…

On his first impression of the academy…

“I only have one message for other teams out there looking for an exposure trip. Come down to the Inspire Institute of Sport, because it is something you should not miss. People abroad are of the notion that India isn’t up there with facilities and infrastructure for sports, but this has been an eye-opener for me to personally come and see that it is a class apart.”

On what his players had to say about the facilities…

“My players have never experienced something like this before. They are coming from Muscat and they have never been on a camp or even travelled without their parents. The discipline of not using their phones and being on time for lunch, breakfast and dinner, or travelling for practice and taking ice bath, going to the gym. This has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for them.

They are personally going to make a lot of changes to their lifestyle based on what they have learned here. They have seen boys around here who are highly dedicated who have left everything behind to be a part of something special. I am sure that my boys are going to learn something from it. They have personally told that this is a unique program they have been a part of, and they have been really excited. Some of them even want to come back for another try. It has been amazing.”

On his thoughts about the academy, its facilities and atmosphere…

“The entire IIS academy and the BFC Residential facility is quality. It is a well-known fact that everything here is state-of-the-art but if I have to pick out something that we have been amazed with, it is the gym. It’s one of the biggest arenas we have seen and every facility provided to us there has been of top quality. There are boxers, wrestlers, judokas, and all kinds of athletes here and I have to say that this is the best atmosphere for professional sport.”

The importance of High Performance…

The high-performance camp has been important for my boys because they’ve learned how footballers are made and everything they have to sacrifice. The boys got to experience an ice-bath and were also told what its importance is. There are a lot of key points and the little things that they have picked up from the AV sessions, the meals and the general way of life.

His message to the BFC management…

“I would like to thank the Bengaluru FC management for this opportunity. This entire high-performance camp has been amazing. The atmosphere here is something we haven’t personally experienced before and we are grateful that we have been allowed to come in for this. My key takeaway from this trip has been how professional players need to be in order to succeed.

The mindset of the BFC coaches and the IIS staff about sport is something that I haven’t really seen in Muscat. The athletes leaving their families to be a part of a residential setup isn’t common back there. There is a lot of dedication and passion for the game here, which my team and have surely learned from.”