He says he has taken a mortgage loan to support his son’s dreams
Prashanth Alva and Jyothsna Shetty in Bengaluru are among those who did not baulk at the stiff price tag when the time came to send their 15-year-old son, Dhruv, to Intersoccer Madrid, an international football academy. “Of course, it’s a big risk and we have had to take some loans.
If you have that kind of kid in your family, you should probably go the extra mile to encourage them,” says the soft-spoken, bespectacled Alva, director of a technology firm. The IIT alumnus says growing up, he played a lot of sport in his colony in a town on the West Bengal-Bihar border, but never very seriously. “When Dhruv was here, he showed us he could spend five hours a day on football and still do very well in his studies. We thought we should give him this opportunity,” says Shetty, vice-president at a US-headquartered payment systems firm.
In Mumbai, so convinced is Raja S Rao about this trend gathering pace that he has quit his job in retail banking to set up a https://loansolution.com/installment-loans-ca/ consultancy for parents seeking high-level football training abroad for their children
Varsha Mahadevan + Parth Pandya, Bengaluru“Every generation moves ahead. We’re trying to give our children opportunities that we think may help them grow better” Varsha MahadevanCHILDREN: Nilay, 7, & Aarush, 10 ACTIVITIES: Hindustani vocals, piano, badminton, chess, tennis ANNUAL SPEND: Nearly Rs 3 lakh
I usually suggest they start with shorter camps abroad and then take a decision,” he says. For Rao, the professional is personal: his only child, Rishon, is currently at the Fundacion Marcet, a football academy in Barcelona. “We wanted him to pursue a path he loved, not something he was pushed into,” says Rao, whose own father, a public sector bank employee, arm-twisted him to take up a career he had never been keen on.
But Dhruv had a real affinity for sports from the very beginning
Dr Sheryl John + Dr Senthilnathan Mohanasundaram, Mumbai“We want to expose them to as many different things when they are younger, and then they can choose what they like” Dr Sheryl John SenthilnathanCHILDREN: Ranit, 10; Joshua, 5 ACTIVITIES: Football, piano & creative writing ANNUAL SPEND: Rs 1.38 lakh
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