U Dream Football is an international football training programme offering young talented footballers a unique opportunity to pursue a career as a professional footballer. Brought to you by U Sports, U Dream Football aims to identify talent at an early stage and offer international training, academic and infrastructure support to help them advance as a professional footballer.
The program is completely based in Germany and therefore embedded into the German Philosophy of Football and Education. The directions on the program are greatly influenced and derived from the Bundesliga and it’s recommended clubs. The program derives positive influences from mainly the Bundesliga Clubs - starting with TSG 1899 Hoffenhiem and also looks for insights towards a number of European football clubs. U Dream Football aims to build a deep seeded foundation for the radical development and transformation of Indian football. It is among the few football training programmes that also lays equal emphasis on the academic development of the young athlete, as it offers CBSE schooling and the opportunity to pursue higher university studies or skill based programmes.
In 2015, 15 of India’s finest U-15 footballers, selected from a massive talent hunt in over 46 cities were sent to Germany to train at an academy with complete access to the club’s rich facilities and world-class infrastructure. The talent hunt saw participation from over 800 schools and 10,000+ students.
In October 2015, U Dream Football launched its second season where it will conduct football clinics for over 100 top schools in India to scout for the country’s best U-15 talent. Led by coaches from Germany, these clinics will also help expose school teams to international standard coaching, along with also being an opportunity to be selected for the prestigious international programme.
The journey of U Dream Football that began in Germany, is now extending to derive diversified values from other developmental programs and clubs of Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Holland and UK. Players from our programme have the potential to play in the most evolved football leagues in Europe.
In 2016, 40 more players will join the programme in Europe. From here on, the programme will be called TATA Trusts U Dream Football. Currently 95% of the students are sponsored by us.
Also in 2016, the programme will start 3 TATA Trusts U Dream Football Centres of Excellence in India: Aizawl (Mizoram), Imphal (Manipur), Chandigarh (Haryana).The plan is to have 7 centres by 2017-18 in India. The plan is to work towards building a wholistic eco system for football, thereby developing 70-100 top level football coaches for India.