State of Kovalam FC (August 2018)

Untimely heavy rains not only delayed the ongoing Stadium work, but caused us Rs.2L plus damage too.

The ground is ready for academy coaching and practice games, both are going on in full swing. We may leave it as it is, as our training pitch, and continue searching for an alternative site to build an astro turf floodlit solar powered “International Stadium”. If our fundraising campaign doesn’t hit the target we can always retreat and be satisfied with the leased Stadium by upgrading it.

Plans are ready for submission to the Panchayat for building permit. First phase of two dorms for 26 boys will he ready by the next school year since we are not seeking donations: My siblings and their (and mine) children are sharing the cost with me.

The master plan is to have eight such dorms. Of the total 208, at least 188 will be paying and 20 will be reserved for poor children. Fees will be structured to make the operation self financing.… Read the rest

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OUR CATCH ‘EM YOUNG PROGRAM will be launched on October 7, 2017 at TEDDYBUDDIES, near Technopark. Twenty two children have signed up for this program. A healthy start!

KFC ACADEMY: A well-attended ‘parents’ interaction meeting at Trivandrum Hotel on September 20, 2017 appreciated our work and , but also suggested two improvements: (1) a second kit and (2) healthy snacks after the coaching session. Countering explanations of our financial restrains that limits the service, (Rs.700 admission and Rs.300 monthly fees; fee waiver for the impoverished; coaches’ allowance though paltry; balls, uniforms/ kits, etc. and stadium monthly rental of Rs.3,000.00), few parents recommended a raise in fee . Finally it was decided that all parents will make voluntary donations, ONLY to sustain the Academy.… Read the rest

Kovalam Football Club launches state’s first grassroots academy

Kovalam FC launched its grassroots academy in partnership with TEDDYBUDDIES pre-schools in Kowdiar and Technopark.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kovalam Football Club on Saturday kick-started yet another first in the State football history: it launched “catch ’em young”, a concept the football-loving European countries had successfully tested and implemented.

Kovalam FC launched its grassroots academy in partnership with TEDDYBUDDIES pre-schools in Kowdiar and Technopark. Three coaches, certified for grassroots training, will conduct coaching sessions in both schools: 22 children, boys and girls of 4 and 5 years old have signed up so far.

Says Mr T J Mathew, the brain behind the academy: “At the age of seven, promising and interested children out of this group will be inducted into the city-based academy for further training and at the age of 12 those who have proven skills, interest and commitment will be offered admission in Kovalam FC’s residential academy for intense training and higher education”. For the new state-of-the- art campus in Arumanoor, Dr Shashi Tharoor, MP, and Mr O. Rajagopal and Mr K. Ansalan, both MLAs, performed the “bhoomipooja” recently.… Read the rest

Progress Report from the Managing Committee

Kovalam Football Club


August 31, 2017

AIFF ACCREDITATION: A major achievement was our receiving the All India Football Federation’s Academy Recognition with a two-star rating.
The KFC Home Stadium and the KFC Hostel were the twin factors that gained us this honor.
KFC is the only Club in the District to win this accreditation.

Federation of Malayalee Associations of North America (FOMAA) had their Annual Convention in Mascot Hotel, Thiruvananthapuram. They donated Rs.1L., and the check was handed over to our Captains by Hon. Thomas Chandy, Minister of Transport. The organizers summoned the whole team who were in the hall in their colorful jerseys to the dais: it was a tremendous exposure prominently covered in Deccan Chronicle the next day.
Thank you FOMAA and John Mary, Editor of Deccan Chronicle.

On Aug. 13th our Director Mr. TJS George, received Kesari Award for excellence in journalism from Mr. Adoor Gopalakrishnan, also our Board Member. Dr. Tharoor, KFC’s Founder-Director was present. The function was well attended by TRV based journalists. When Sally and I in the audience were introduced by the Convener Mr. Rahim, Dr. Tharoor added that we are connected with KFC and honored KFC with a revered public recognition. By his kind gesture, KFC has now become known to the senior journalists from the visual and print media.
Thank you, Dr. Tharoor!

THE KFC HOME STADIUM: In a remarkable breakthrough we secured a 15 year lease (of their football ground) from MV HIGHER SECONDRY SCHOOL, Arumanoor for Re.1/- a year. Thank you, Dr. Jayakumar, Neyyattinkara, the School Manager.

However, in order to develop the grounds into a regulation size stadium we needed about 4 meters wide, 34 meters long strip from the neighbor. It wasn’t easy, but our Director/GM, Asish’s relentless pursuit with super diplomatic techniques finally made the neighbor agree for a swap with the School.  The Agreement will hopefully be signed and sealed soon after Onam.

Anand-Niketan Builders and ID Inc. are helping with the design, cost estimate, etc. Thank you, Rajagopal and Abhay. To bring it to international standard, their original estimate was Rs.2.5Crores. Since the property is only leased and also considering our financial limitations, we asked for a scaled down version; but enough to meet the AIFF specifications. Work will begin soon to make it ready for the upcoming Kerala Premier and Indian Premier League matches. Dr. Tharoor will donate Rs.25Lakhs towards this project. Once again, thank you, Dr.Tharoor!

FOMAA officials assured that they will consider our request for funds to buy about 2 acres of land for the Stadium project in exchange of our naming the Stadium, FOMAA International Stadium.

THE HOSTEL: For legal and security reasons another Society (Kovalam Football Club Hostel) is in the registration process and has already assumed day-to-day management of the hostel.  Mathew/Sally Trust (M/SET) donated Rs.5Lakhs to set up the present hostel for 17 children in a leased house and for the operational expenses from May to September, 2017. From October, KFCH will seek donations to meet the running cost: M/SET has committed up to Rs.10,000 per month.

Search is now on for at least 50 cents of land near the MVHS School to build our own hostel to accommodate 240 children, 20 each to a grade from 1 to 12. The new Hostel will admit all those who are interested to receive intense coaching in football along with their studies, subject to space. The hostel expenses will be divided and charged to the children. F

ree hostel and education for the impoverished will continue with M/SET’s financial assistance.

Thayil Jacob Family, Thumpamon will donate the lead-finance to build the infrastructure to be leased to KFCH for Re.1/- a year.  Jacob family’s Mr. TJS George donated Rs.1L.; Prof. Thomas Kailath of Stanford University Rs.25L. and Sally Mathew, Kovalam, Rs.20L. to this Project. Thank you, Jacob Family!


Once the land is purchased, we will launch our fund raising campaign for the Hostel project, hopefully by the 2019/20 academic year.


CATCH EM YOUNG PROGRAM: A widespread concept in Europe, now adopted by all their major Football Clubs, is not yet launched in India. Under an Agreement with TEDDYBUDDIES Pre-Schools our coaches, qualified in grassroots training, will go to both their locations (Techno Park and Kowdiyar) once a week and teach their girls and boys the basics of football. Once they have acquired enough skills and techniques, the interested trainees will be absorbed by KFC Academy for higher coaching Saturday and Sunday afternoo

ns in the Central Stadium.

KFC ACADEMY: At present 130 boys/girls are receiving quality coaching from our four coaches. We have a visiting coach from London who spends a month each twice a year. Friends of KFC in London have registered a company, KFC (UK) Ltd., to promote our cause there. They will send a Club Coach for a two months’ football camp here and will set up a program to take a few of our promising players to participate in the UK Clubs’ summer camps. We hope to open a similar  chapter in USA.

We thank you for all the support you extended, and still extending, to us and will be grateful to be guided by you in future, too.

WE’VE DONE IT AGAIN: Our Seniors won the GARRINCHA CUP in the 2017 Pre-Season Exposure Tournament. In all, eight teams competed.… Read the rest

Sailing Ahead


Sailing AheadSailing Ahead

Express News Service

In its 10 years of existence, Kovalam Football Club has inspired hundreds of youngsters from the coastal community in the district and made them dream of a better tomorrow. Now, the club itself is dreaming of a brighter future.

Kovalam was the first club to represent Kerala in the U-16 Youth League last year and their senior side recently won two all-India invitational tournaments in Madhya Pradesh in February.

Our Stadium

Functioning under a revamped management, Kovalam are now on the lookout for their own football ground. “We are lagging behind when it comes to a stadium. So, that will be our primary target from now on.” said T J Mathew, the new club President.

“We have already spoken to Dr. Shashi Tharoor, MP who has sanctioned Rs 25 Lakh for the club from the MP fund.
He has also offered to try and include a stadium in the Vizhinjam Port project which we can use for a minimal fee.” said Mathew.

The club has already identified two plots for the stadium and has communicated the same to the MP. “We will have a Club House with office, gym, hostel, tuition centre, library, mess hall, kitchen and a home theatre to aid coaching.” the President said.


“We might not produce Messis or Ronaldos, but have a chance to help at least 40 boys from poor families to emerge from the bottom to the top in their life.” said Tony Langham, one of the club’s founders.

Apart from coaching them, Kovalam FC trainees will also be provided education. For a start, Mathew will sponsor eight footballers through his charity, Mathew-Sally foundation.

‘We have a partnership with a local school as well as VTMNSS College, Dhanucachaouram, We are in talks with Mar Ivanios College as we aim to expand this scheme to 40 footballers over the next few years.” Mathew said.

“In this way, they can also learn football as well as get a degree. But to make this happen, we will need the support of corporate houses in the state.” he added.

Invitation from the US

Youngsters at the Kovalam FC are excited as the club has received an invitation to play in the Manchester City Cup youth football tournament to be held at San Diego, California from May 27 to 29.

“It will be a great opportunity for the youngsters as some of the best youth teams in the world will participate in the event.” said Kovalam FB coach Ebin rose. Their senior team is also hoping to participate in this year’s G V Raja Football Tournament.

“I am confident the future of the club is bright. We have some of the best in the state. We want to win the U-16 I-League in the coming years as well as play in the second division I-League in a few years.” said S Geevarghese.

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