Football Link Kashmir football festival kicks off
Srinagar, May 17: The multi-category Football Link Kashmir football festival organised by Delhi-based Football Development Company, Football Link in collaboration with J&K Football Association kicked off amid much fanfare at Polo Ground here on Friday.
The event was inaugurated by Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Taj Mohi-ud-din.
On the occasion Taj said that Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh has promised a package of Rs 700 crore over a period of five years to give boost to sports in J&K.
He said during his recent meeting with him, the Prime Minister has given directions to the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in this regard with the assurance that more funds would be made available if need be.
Taj said under the package every town with a population of more than 50 thousand souls would be provided with an indoor stadium and wherever land is available football and hockey grounds would be raised.
Taj said Government has prepared a comprehensive plan of strengthening sports infrastructure in the State under which indoor stadia would be constructed in every region of the Srinagar and Jammu cities.
He said the TRC ground would be provided with an all weather football turf so that it remains functional throughout the year.
He said Government plans to extend sports activities to all the Districts so that more and more youth join them.
Am ong others present on the occasion were, Deputy-Commissioner, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation Dr GN Qasba and others.
Farooq Shah while speaking on the occasion said that Government is developing number of stadiums and fields in the Srinagar.
He said that already three new fields have been allotted to old city of Srinagar while TRC ground would be developed into International national level Astro turf football stadium.
In the event around 150 football teams are participating in different categories. Apart from school level teams like JK Police, JK Bank, JKPDC, AG office are also participating in it.
The event is being played on a 6-A-side format and Polo Ground central field has been divided into four equal size fields separated with nylon net and hoardings.
In men’s category teams have been separated into Under-15, Under-19 and seniors while as among girls all age group teams are playing in the tournament.
The inaugural match was played between Burn Hall Football Club and Biscoe Football Club while as the second match was played between PDC Baghliar and Kashmir Tigers.
Football Link is working for the development of football at grassroot level and has been organising events for school, college, students.
“Our previous festival in New Delhi, with more than 5000 footballers, was the largest football festival ever organized in India and was in collaboration with Manchester City Football Club, England & AC Milan Junior Camp, Italy,” said organiser secretary, Sameer Qayoom.
“We want this festival to serve as a wonderful advert for the game in Kashmir, which has a lot of talent but a dearth of opportunities,” he said.
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