By R. Elahi
SRINAGAR: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has hailed Jammu & Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) for its efforts to develop grassroots football in J&K, revealing the Association stood on top of AIFF assigned activities to promote football.
The statement came on August 14 during a webinar between AIFF and JKFA officials. The webinar was held to commemorate the upcoming National Sports Day.
Organised by AIFF under the supervision of Ratin Saha, Senior Manager Grassroots AIFF, Chokey Nima, FIFA Regional Technical Consultant South Asia, Savio Medeira, Head of the Coach Education, Technical Director AIFF and Mr. Pushpargha, Head of the State Development, AIFF. Representing JKFA at the webinar were Prof. B.A Shah, Hon. General Secretary JKFA, Intikhab Alam, Grassroots Instructor, Bilal Punjabi and young AFC licensed coach and instructor, Masood Maqbool.
“A descriptive and informative interaction was held which included all the aspects of promotion of grassroots footballing events and programmes. Stress was laid on how local people, school kids, volunteers can create an eco system to promote football and grow participation,” the JKFA said in a statement.
“The AIFF appreciated the work done by the grassroots leaders (focal points) who worked tirelessly for the promotion of grassroots football. The participants were informed that J&K topped the list for the assigned activities which was eminent from the graph and data shared by the AIFF,” the statement said.
According to the data shared, Jammu & Kashmir ranked first in state-wise AFC Women’s Day participation with 45 participants. J&K also ranked first in state-wise National Girl Child Day participation with 34 participants.
“Besides 29 Focal Points of the UT of J&K, which included Focal Point from Leh, Ladakh also attended the webinar,” the JKFA statement added.
“It was a great honour for JKFA to have stood at the top on the records in grassroots programmes. The House was informed that JKFA will try its level best to implement all the programmes of AIFF in letter and spirit,” it concluded.
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