Barcelona have announced plans to hold a training camp in India in light of the growing popularity of football in the country.
A week-long camp will be conducted by Barcelona coaches in the National Capital Region in January 2012 for children aged 6-14 while Indian coaches will also benefit from the Spanish side's experience and techniques.
Barca's coaching setup is renowned around the world after developing a string of world-class talent, including current first-team players Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.
And the Spanish and European champions are hopeful the decision to operate in India will assist in setting down roots in one of football's untapped resources.
"We are offering world-class training under the same successful methodology that has produced leading football stars like Pique and Victor Valdes. India is an important and strategic country for FC Barcelona given their growing interest in football," Xevi Marce, Director of FCBEscola, the feeder school to the club's world famous youth academy La Masia, said at a press conference.
"The training offers participants a chance to live and experience the FC Barcelona way for a week under the expert guidance of our coaches. For the India camps, the FCBEscola technical team of four-five coaches will travel from Spain to oversee participation and execution of the camps.
"The training camp will serve as a major stepping stone for the participants to move to higher training. It will provide youth access to highest level of football training and development."