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Two-time World Cup winner and Arjuna Awardee Gautam Gambhir along with Sports Technology firm Funngage.com has launched a nation-wide program for Cricket Scholarship, the first of its kinds for Sports in India. Named ‘FG PowerPlayer’, through this program, boys and girls in the age group of 12-24 years will get a fully paid for Cricket Development Scholarship with a 3-week of fully paid for training camp in Perth, Australia at Guildford Grammar, under the guidance of former South African Test Cricketer, HD Ackerman.
The selection for the Scholarship will happen through an Absolutely Transparent, Unique and Scientifically Designed methods of Assessment. Stage 1 will be done through Video based Trials with each participating cricketer getting Full HD Videos of their Performance along with the report card highlighting the scores for each attribute of their skills and improvement areas.
It is a Pan India initiative and after successfully conducting trials in Delhi, Noida, Meerut, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Patna, Ranchi and Kolkata, the sports platform – Funngage.com is now starting with the Southern India leg with Bangalore being the first city. The trials will be conducted in FG academy. However, with a successful collaboration, Cricket Academy of Pathans (CAP) is the preferred academy partner for the scholarship program. The selected students from Funngage PowerPlayer trials will get an opportunity to be trained for 5 years in CAP academies under the guidance of cricket experts and coaches. These scholarships will help in unearthing new talent and give young kids a platform to kick-start their budding cricketing careers.
Bangalore trials begin from 27th January at Hyper Turf Cricket Ground, Yelahanka, Bangalore. More locations will get added and announced soon.