Sudeva Foundation pushing aspiring footballers to ‘Dream Big’

Sudeva Delhi Football Club founder posing along with aspiring footballers.
Sudeva Delhi Football Club founder posing along with aspiring footballers.

*Over 260 attend trials in Jammu

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

JAMMU, May 30: Sudeva Delhi Football Club is empowering young footballers by providing them with opportunities to dream big, supporting their education and other needs with scholarships.
Sudeva Delhi FC, one of India’s premier residential football training institutions has conducted football trials at Mini Stadium Parade Ground, Jammu, under the supervision of Sudeva Founder, Anuj Gupta. Over 260 boys and girls from different age categories, ranging from Under 13 to 21 participated in the trials.
This event was organized in collaboration with the Jammu Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) and supported by the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council (JKSC) and football fraternity of Jammu.
Established in 2014, Sudeva Delhi FC is dedicated to discovering and nurturing football talent from the remotest parts of the country. The club runs a grassroots youth program comprising over 200 young players from 30 States, starting from the age of 9 years up to the senior level. Sudeva’s commitment to developing football talent is evident in its comprehensive training programs and participation in various leagues, including the AIFF’s Hero I-League 2nd Division, Delhi Premier Division, and youth leagues organized by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Recognized as an Elite Academy by the AIFF and accredited by Khelo India, Sudeva is at the forefront of football development in India.
Anuj Gupta, the President and Founding Trustee of Sudeva, is a young social entrepreneur and solicitor by profession. An alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and Cardiff University, UK, Gupta established a successful legal practice in London before returning to India in 2009. His vision to elevate Indian football standards led him to co-found Sudeva. Under his leadership, Sudeva aims to see the Indian National Team qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2030. In 2023, elected as the youngest President of the Delhi Soccer Association, Gupta continues to drive the growth of football in India.
Gupta stated, “We are ecstatic to see the potential, but it needs to be nurtured. This is our first visit to Jammu for the trials. There was a great deal of enthusiasm among the many attendees. The Government should concentrate more on enhancing football at the local level.”
“Probably scholarships will be provided to the two players from Jammu, eight players from Kashmir as their trials are over and similar trials will be conducted in Leh on June 13 & 14.”
“In Sudeva, we operate a residential school in Delhi where talented and deserving athletes from all over India can avail a one-year scholarship to study football and realize their dream of becoming professional players. To date, we have produced a number of players who represent India in various divisions. “said the founder.