Indian Football

Ronaldinho's R10 football academy unveiled in West Bengal

Mudeet Arora
Ronaldinho's R10 football academy unveiled in West Bengal
Ronaldinho's R10 football academy unveiled in West Bengal / Lionel Hahn/GettyImages

One of India's real estate conglomerate, The Merlin Group has unveiled Brazil legend Ronaldinho's R10 football academy in the state.

Along with Ronaldinho, Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps, Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff are also part of the 'RISE - Sports Republic' project.

The project is based in Rajarhat, which is close to Kolkata and the academy is said to be up and running in the next five months.

Facilities include an all-weather football ground with five-a-side, seven-a-side and nine-a-side sized turfs where games can be played simultaneously.

As reported by Goal, Saket Mohta, Managing Director of the Merlin Group said, "West Bengal, as well as India, is the treasure-trove of untrained talents in sports. There is no dearth of talent but I sensed a sports infrastructure gap in Bengal.  There is a dire need for identifying and grooming talents from the grassroot level. This motivated me to set up a world class sports infrastructure and sports academies of internationally acclaimed brands to nurture the talents."

This will be the latest R10 academy with centres already existing in other countries in Asia, South America, North America and the Middle East.

The academy is said to have exclusive training programs for boys and girls between the age of 4 and 17.