JKSC, NIFF launch YL, top 16 academy teams to participate
By Abid Bhat
SRINAGAR: NIFF (National and International Footballers Forum) in collaboration with J&K Sports Council (JKSC) and sponsored by New JK Roadways, on Saturday launched the first ever Youth Football League at Synthetic Turf, TRC here.
In first of its initiative to nurture, develop and provide a platform for young talented footballers, NIFF in full collaboration with J&K Sports Council launched the Youth League with an exhibition game between J&K Bank Academy and Sports Council Football Academy. The initiative is also taken in light to ensure a drugs-free society and to encourage youth towards sports.
Speaking on the occasion chief guest Nuzhat Gul, Secretary JKSC hailed the efforts put in by NIFF by creating ample opportunities to local talent to showcase them at global level.
“Such initiatives for youth age-groups is in immense need, and only way forward to nurture players at right age,” the Secretary said.
Among other guests present at the occasion were Chairman New JK Roadways, Maqbool Ahmad, who is the main sponsor of the event, Mukhtar Ahmad, President Hotelier Club, Gulmarg, M Yousuf Dar, former International footballer, Ab Hameed Banday, Former Chairman JK Bank Sports Board, Div Sports Officer JKSC, Nuzhat Ara, Khurshid Baba former Indian National team player, Roshal Khayal, sports presenter, famous anchor Tabrez Madani, and various others were present.
The Youth League matches, as per schedule, will begin from November 10 onwards, in which top 16 academy teams are set to participate.
NIFF has announced that it will organise a similar League at Jammu in the coming season.
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