Ahead of the highly anticipated Intercontinental Cup 2023, scheduled for June, Odisha Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik inaugrated three cutting-edge football training centres in Bhubaneswar.
The inauguration ceremony witnessed the opening of the Odisha Football Academy, Bhubaneswar Football Academy, and Capital Arena Football, with the esteemed presence of men’s national team captain, Sunil Chhetri. This momentous occasion marked the beginning of a new era for football in Odisha.
The development of these facilities involved an investment of Rs 90 crore and showcases a remarkable array of features. The centres boast a total of six FIFA-certified pitches, comprising five natural grass fields and one synthetic turf, equipped with modern LED lighting. Additionally, the amenities include player changing rooms, a gallery, a gym, a coaches’ room, and more.
Strategically located in close proximity to each other at the heart of the city, these three centres offer a unique advantage. They enable simultaneous training sessions for players, especially during tournaments.
CM Patnaik said,
“It is a great pleasure and pride to inaugurate the Odisha Football Academy, the Bhubaneswar Football Academy, and the Capital Football Arena. These sports infrastructures mark a significant milestone in the development of football in Odisha. They will provide a world-class training facility to the players.”
CM Naveen Patnaik further announced plans for a girls’ football academy, featuring an artificial turf, to be constructed in Aul, Kendrapara district.
By establishing these 3 centres, Odisha aims to fortify its football ecosystem and create a nurturing environment for aspiring talents to thrive. Emphasizing the deep-rooted passion for football in the state, CM Naveen Patnaik expressed intentions to introduce a grassroots-level training program. The program will target children aged 6-12 at these academies, aiming to inspire young minds to embrace the sport.