Alberto Lacandela training the students at Venerini Higher Secondary School in Kozhikode | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Ramanattukara: The students of Venerini Higher Secondary School, Kozhikode could not conceal their excitement as Alberto Lacandela, the technical head coach of AC Milan, an international football club in Italy, arrived at their campus to train them.
Lacandela’s visit marked the inauguration of a special football training programme, organised in association with AC Milan, that aims to identify students skilled in the game and provide them free training in separate batches.
AC Milan is also planning to renovate the school grounds and provide football kits and jerseys to the students. Expert coaches will train the students for 1.5 hours on three days a week.
Whereas on other days, school authorities will arrange practice sessions for the students as prescribed by the club. Currently, a total of 78 boys and 38 girls are offered football training in the campus.
In addition, there are plans to identify students who are passionate about other sports and arrange training sessions for them, said PM Mohammad Irshad, AC Milan Kozhikode coordinator.
Meanwhile, Alberto Lacandela, who conversed with the students, became the star of the day by giving away jerseys and conducting friendly football matches with them.
The inaugural ceremony was chaired by school principal Sr Leena and was attended by manager Sr Sissy, school PTA president, sports teacher, students among others.