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Sylhet BKSP needs more initiatives

The football federation took the lease of Sylhet BKSP in January 2012 before officially starting its academy activities in November, 2015 but failed to continue due to its huge expenditure

Update : 04 Oct 2018, 01:25 AM

The Sylhet BKSP, once allotted for the BFF’s first and only football academy, is now being used as the regional training centre of the country’s sole national sports institute, BKSP.  

But the people involved with the institution urged for more support to run it properly. The football federation took the lease of Sylhet BKSP in January 2012 before officially starting its academy activities in November, 2015 but failed to continue due to its huge expenditure.

The 13-acre area facility, located in the suburbs of the city, was handed over to the BKSP on December 20 in 2016. BKSP runs only football activities here since April, 2017 when the first batch of 33 students got admitted to class seven.  

Currently there are 30 football students taking their football lessons under the guidance of only two coaches, along with continuing their academic activities.

Located beside the Sylhet-Jaflong bypass road, the Sylhet BKSP has a total of five buildings -administration building, training hostel, gymnasium and two staff quarters. There are football and cricket grounds, and also a swimming pool, but the latter is in dilapidated condition. The hostel has the capacity of accommodating 120 students in its four-storied building.

One of the coaches, Mohammad Shahinul Haque, also deputy director and in-charge of Sylhet BKSP, informed that the discussions are ongoing to renovate the swimming pool, install football turf, include a multi-gym and build a new school building. 

Shahinul, who worked for 12 years at Dinajpur BKSP and one year in Khulna before taking charge of Sylhet BKSP, also informed that cricket is likely to be included, along with football, from the next session. Agreeing with Shahinul, other coach Faruk Hossain, a former BKSP student from the 2005 batch, also felt the urge of bringing in more coaches to train the students properly. 

He said, “At least three coaches are required for 18 footballers while we have only two coaches for 30 students.” 

The footballers attend a two-hour training session in the afternoon six days a week and also train on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Among the students of Sylhet BKSP, two of the young booters made it to the U-15 national team’s current training camp in Nilphamari.  

Meanwhile, football has its activities in each of BKSP’s regional training centres, including Dinajpur and Khulna. Sylhet BKSP has a total of 19 staffs, including two coaches, four teachers and one accountant.

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