US-based trainers use football to impart leadership skills in Kashmiri girls

Girls being imparted football training by US-based trainers in Srinagar on Thursday.
Girls being imparted football training by US-based trainers in Srinagar on Thursday.

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Sept 27: A group of 120 Kashmiri girls are being trained for life and leadership skills in the ongoing four days camp in Srinagar using football as a medium.
The summit is being organized by Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council in joint collaboration with US-based Organisation ‘Goals for Girls’ and Tata Trust.
120 girls drawn from 6 districts of the State are participating in the summit.
26 coaches and mentors from various district units of State Football Academy including US-based trainers from ‘Goals for Girls’ and Tata Trust are imparting training to the girls in various modules.
“We are working with the girls in these four days, help their confidence and leadership to grow not only on the football pitch but also off the pitch so that they can lead the changes in their community,” Shaina Sen, a coach associated with ‘Goals and Girls’, said.
Secretary Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez said sports is an important tool that can teach leadership skills, social values and help to build confidence among the youth and it can act as a prime tool for empowering girls.
He said the youth especially girls in the State are eager to learn but need a handholding, adding the summit will help the girls in building their leadership skills.
The participants of the Summit said that the event would help them to hone their skills and portray a positive image of Kashmir.
“I had many wrong notions about Kashmir that girls here are not allowed to play. There are many people, who have the same notion regarding Kashmir. Moreover, it gives us an opportunity to teach girls and learn from the other coaches,” Khushboo an SFA coach participating in the summit, said.
Another participant, Tanzeel Zafar, said, “This event is all about empowerment of women and the coaches here teach us about gender equality.”