English Premier League trainers to coach Indians

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Kolkata, Oct 20 (UNI) Former England star Warren Barton today said India possess immense talent to excel in soccer but it needs to be honed to sharpen skill.

Starting his week-long training of 40 coaches with introduction of European technique, he said '' India has full of talents, but those talents should be properly motivated. '' British Council in association with Premier League had planned training 80 young football coaches in India over a period of three years.

Barring Barton, four EPL coaches - Simon Millington, Richard Witt and Peter Booth - started training programme both outdoor and indoor at SAI here to sharpen the skill of the young coaches.

Peter Booth and Simon Millington are attached with Fulham FC, Witt with Reading FC and Barton had palyed for Newcastle and Wimbledon and also played for England.

Similar training programmes would also start for western and southern India coaches by yearend.

British Council spokesperson Sujata Sen today flew to Goa to discuss with state football association officials to fix training programme.

The 40 coaches were picked up after trials in Kolkata and Delhi, conducted separately by Barton in April.

Forty shortlisted coaches will be imparted intensive training so that they could train the young ones in future.

''Premier Skill'', title of the training, uses a number of innovative training tools.

These include the ''Skill Factor'', interactive training CD-Rom and how a player can complete a certain football technique by allowing the user to zoom in and out and watch a skill from different angles and in slow motion.

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