Kickstart Foundation is a Bengaluru-based grassroots football charity that was established in 2016. Kickstart Foundation is using the life-changing power of football to transform the lives of young people. The Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to experience the mental & physical benefits of football, meet new people and learn life skills
The programme offers daily free drop-in sessions on weekdays in different community locations across Bengaluru. These sessions are inclusive football sessions aimed at underprivileged communities, allowing young people of all backgrounds to get on the pitch (regardless of experience or ability). These sessions provide a safe and accessible introduction to football for young people, focused on enjoyment and learning the key basics of football. These sessions are ideal for children who want to engage with football and offer them the chance to get a taster of participating in organised sport
What do we do?
Everyday participants will play small-sided games, giving them the opportunity to try out new skills and develop confidence
We aim to teach our participants the value of healthy lifestyles, through regular exercise, positive mental health, and wellbeing and football related workshops.
We offer a safe environment for all young people to develop friendships, on and off the pitch, as part of a community-oriented programme.
Bringing together children from a variety of different backgrounds will allow them to meet people they otherwise would not have come into contact with and develop their social skills.
We provide jerseys, shorts, stockings, shin guards, footballs, boots and nutritional snacks to the children who attend our sessions.
Our elite Residential Academy provides young players – girls and boys – with the opportunity to train and compete at club-level with the best facilities and coaches. The most talented children, who might otherwise miss out on such opportunity due to the cost or lack of access, can realise their full potential through our academy system. We strive for excellence and have high expectations for our Residential Academy players. We offer distinct Residential Academy programmes for both girls and boys.
The Residential Academy is tailored to nurture and develop talented exceptionally talented young players, offering India's best and brightest the chance to reach their full potential. We want to develop our young people into better footballers but more importantly into exceptional citizens with the skills to lead a successful and fulfilling life. Our main goal is to have players pursue professional football careers, with former players graduating to Kickstart FC, Karnataka State Football Team, I-League and Indian National Team. We aspire to bridge the gap between professional and grassroots football.
Our Girls Residential Academy, runs from Under-12 through to Under-18 and is our elite pathway for the most talented young girlsin India. With a fully-qualified coaching team, with experience from around the world, our academy programme aims to deliver the same professional experience as a top-flight club, to young Indians.
Our Boys Residential Academy runs from Under-12 through to Under-18 and is our elite pathway for the most talented young boys in India. With a fully-qualified coaching team, with experience from around the world, our academy programme aims to deliver the same professional experience as a top-flight club, to young Indians.
- Training Curriculum Modeled after UEFA Youth Development Program.
- Intense Football Training / High Performance Gym
- Dutch Certified Coaches / Excellent Coach-To-Player Ratio
- Competitive Matches / Tactical Video Analysis Sessions
- Personalized Progression Reports
- Expert Nutrition & Diet Plans
- Health Centre / Full Time Physio
- Life Skills and Team Building Programs
- National and International Opportunities
Alongside our training programme, the Residential Academy children are enrolled in a CBSE school to pursue their education, fully funded by Kickstart Foundation.
All Residential Academy girls and boys reside on-site at out top-notch residential facility with catering.