The 14 to 16-year-old football fans enjoyed five days of football training with FC Bayern Munich's junior team and took a wealth of useful tips back home with them.
The youngsters got an exclusive look behind the scenes of FC Bayern and at the championship-winning German club’s training facilities at Sabener Strasse.
Highlights of the trip included a “meet & greet” with Jupp Heynckes’ Bundesliga superstars, the tour of the Allianz Arena stadium, and the chance to attend Bayern Munich's home 5-0 win against Hamburg.
There were four participants from India - Wilfred Synrem and Aakash Dave from Kolkata, Adarsh Tamang from Darjeeling and Evaristo Fernandes from Goa. The four were selected after a month-long selection process in their respective cities.
Rituraj Bhattacharjee, the head of market management for Bajaj Allianz said: “We had seen an enthusiastic response from nearly 40,000 students from across 500 schools in the selection process.
Rituraj added: "They were judged by an eminent panel of renowned football players from Mohun Bagan (for Kolkata & North-East), Goa Football Association for Goa and players and coaches of Pune FC from Pune."
After a long flight back home, Wilfred Synrem from Kolkata was ecstatic about being a part of the global football camp. He said: “The training camp was memorable. It was amazing that despite coming from different countries and cultures, we got along with each other so well. There was always something new to learn from the other players.”
Evaristo Fernandes, from Goa, added: “I never thought I would ever get a chance to be a part of global football camp. It’s a dream come true! It has been a huge learning experience for me and I have made some wonderful friends from all over the world.”
The selection process for the Junior Football Camp across 41 cities in India, including Kolkata, Guwahati, Orissa, Sikkim, Goa and Pune, saw an overwhelming response from over 50,000 students.
Despite hailing from so many different places, the youngsters developed superb strategies for communicating with each other and quickly formed a close-knit community which provided ready support to whoever needed it.
It was quickly evident on the pitch that football is a truly global language – enthusiastic shouts, simple commands and plenty of sign language were the only things needed to keep things running smoothly.
A total of 52 young players from 16 countries attended the Munich training camp from August 17 to 21, and their final verdict on the week was unanimous. The camp was a unique experience which they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Ongoing commitment to promoting talented young players
A total of 129 young people have attended Allianz Junior Football Camps since 2009, creating a legacy of worldwide contacts and international friendships.
And even after the training camp comes to an end, these international exchanges can now be continued on the ‘Football for life’ portal (www.football-for-life.com) which Allianz set up in May 2011.
All the photos, videos and reports on the camp participants' experiences are available both from this website and from the associated Facebook community.