Established in 2009, Stadium FC has quickly become one of the country's leading private youth residential football academies, competing on a regular basis at State and National level, with and enabling talented footballers to experience the life of a full-time professional footballer here in India.
As the success and level of our Academy players has grown, we're proud to now be represented by players from over 15 different states of India , home to some highly unsigned talents outside of the professional game.
A young player got selected in his school team in Vidyashilp Academy , Bangalore . His name was Nishant Bhatt. Like every other parent , Nishant's mother Renu wanted to support Nishant in his new found interest. She identified a qualified football coach from another school , rented a small part of the Playground in GKVK University nearby and a small group of 7 young players Nishant and his friends started to play and learn football . In short span of 2 years , the group strength became 35 players in age group of 6 -16 years and a total of 3 coaches .
10th May 2010 , To learn the best practices of English Premier League , Renu invited a UEFA-A license holder coach friend from England for 10 days , OSE AIBANGEE, who was on a move from Arsenal FC to be the Academy Manager at Brentford FC . Ose's inspirational way of talking with young players and his development oriented delivery of football lessons was enough for Renu to completely commit to the small initiative she started in 2009 and make it a professionally run organisation in line with European best practices of Football .
Inspired from the 10 day exposure of Ose Aibangee's visit and driven by the desire to bring success to Nishant and many young players, Stadium gradually worked upon acquiring the learnings and expanded into several other grassroots football locations within the city . Continuing on its learning process , over the years Stadium made several formal football cooperation agreements with "Bolton Wanderers International Soccer Schools-UK " , "Moratalaz Academy-Spain" and "Brentford FC Academy- UK" . These associations brought in huge wealth of knowledge and best practices and football culture that till today prevails at Stadium .
Stadium has become a well known name across Bangalore and India in Youth Football. It operates 4 Grassroots centres across Bangalore and a Residential Academy , providing football programs with options of combined education to players from 5 years to 21 years .It is an ACCREDITED ACADEMY by All India Football Federation and participates in Super Division Senior Men League in State of Himachal , Youth Premier League & State Club League in Karnataka State.
In 2018-19 , Stadium FC was Topper of its group in South India in Hero Juniors League, was the 2nd Highest Goal Scoring Team in Country, in 2020-21 Stadium FC lifted the U17 Championship in KSFAYPL and in 2021-22 it stood as U14 Runners Up in KSFAYPL
NB7 as he was fondly called, went on to be the Captain of his school Football Team at Vidyashilp Academy and passed out as "Best Outstanding Sportsperson" . At age of 16 years , He was the youngest U19 player in the ISL Club 'Bengaluru FC" squad . He continued to play with Bengaluru FC until 2018 in their Youth Squad until he decided to change course in life away from pursuing professional football. He has completed his Masters in Management and continues to support Stadium with his invaluable Youth experience in football .
A UEFA-A license holder and Head of Bolton Wanderers FC International soccer schools , guided stadium FC in professional advisory role in 2020-21 and guided its U17 Team to lift the State youth Premier league Championship cup . He remains a close friend and guide for Stadium.
gained his reputation as a distinguished name in Youth Development circles in English premier League and after a hugely impactful stint at Brentford FC as Academy Manager , guided Stadium in a role of Technical Advisor . He currently works with Tottenham Hotspur as Senior Global Football Development Coach .
Affectionately called as Lucky sir by his students , and one of the Tustee , went on to gain professional football Coaching qualification of FA-Level 2 from UK . He continues to play an active role as Head of U21 Team at stadium
continues to dedicate her time and effort to make Stadium into a platform of excellence for aspiring youth football talent. Her aim is to open avenues of pursuing education along with Stadium's football program and create pathways for the best students of the Academy to higher professional football level.
SUPER DIVISION PROFESSIONAL CLUB
AGE CATEGORY - 18 & 19
ACQUISITION OF PROFESSIONAL SUPER DIVISION CLUB - HIMACHAL PRADESH
As our Academy infrastructure began to develop, we realized that there was a growing expectation within the football industry for players to be able to transition from youth to senior-level football at a young age and a lack of full-time professional environments that would allow players of 18 - 23 years of age to continue to develop. With this idea in mind, Stadium Sports Trust acquired Stadium Devbhoomi FC, a Men Senior Professional club that plays in state of Himachal Pradesh Men Senior Division.
Stadium Devbhoomi is now integrating into our growing Academy as the pinnacle of our club structure and provides with it a pathway for Academy players looking to progress into the Indian Senior Professional League System. We are proud to see a number of Academy Alumni represented in this team and aspire to see further success in developing players capable of competing at this level.
STADIUM FOOTBALL CLUB
PLAYS IN YOUTH & STATE CLUB LEAGUE
AGE CATEGORY - 7 TO 19
Our youth teams, under umbrella of our club Stadium FC participate in Karnataka State Youth leagues in U9, U11, U13, U15, & U17 age groups. We also provide our U17 opportunity to represent our club in 'C' division Karnataka state club league which further provides them opportunity to develop their game under competitive environment. To provide more learning thru competitions, in coming year, subject to certain conditions getting fulfilled, we are planning to have our U15 also participate in other competitive tournaments like DPDL .
BANGALORE PHANTOMS FC
PLAYS IN STATE CLUB LEAGUE
AGE CATEGORY - 7 TO 19
Our associate club, Bangalore Phantoms FC, plays at 'C' division Karnataka state club league and conditionally, also participates in Senior Men tournaments like TAL . it provides perfect platform for our players of 17+ years to further showcase their abilities at the semi-professional club level. The club gives players a real sense of the club competition experience providing further opportunities for players to engulf themselves as full-time footballer.