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Real Kashmir FC announces formation of all-women’s football team on Daughter’s Day

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Updated: September 27, 2020 2:31:06 pm





Players of Real Kashmir FC after profitable the Hero I League match towards Minerva Punjab FC at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Wednesday, October 31 2018. Express picture by Kamleshwar Singh

On an event most applicable, Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC) has offered its followers within the union territory a Daughter’s Day reward by asserting the formation of an all-women’s team, which can compete at nationwide tournaments.

This team, RKFC chairman Sandeep Chattoo stated, will probably be for the daughters of Jammu and Kashmir “as we believe that girls have tremendous sporting potential and can go miles if trained properly”.

Keeping in thoughts the recognition of the game amongst women, Sandeep gave the command of this team to his spouse Poonam, who’s initially a resident of Coorg in Karnataka and married to him for the final three many years.

Though she doesn’t have any background in sports activities apart from watching the RKFC team’s preparations throughout I-League, Poonam is a assured lady as she feels that given an opportunity, the women of the valley can go a great distance. “Phew! Yes, it’s a daunting activity assigned to me however understanding the women of Kashmir, I’m assured that outcomes will probably be brighter.

“You see, girls of the valley have been doing so much without any help, and now we at the RKFC want to channel their potential in the right direction,” stated Poonam, whose damaged Kashmiri usually forces her team into peals of laughter.

“I simply love the way these girls smile. I think that smile is an answer to all miseries that they have been suffering because of violence,” she stated.

At current, registration for constructing an under-10 and under-14 team is underway and the response is large, she stated.

Poonam stated following the success of RKFC within the I-League, the membership was flooded with mails and requests from women for beginning the same initiative for them.

“But the situation is well-known here…any initiative taken is riddled with so much of if’s and but’s. That’s when we started this ‘She Power Programme’ with DPS Srinagar – run by renowned educationist Mr Vijay Dhar,” she added.

To start with, there will probably be a joint football team of RKFC and DPS that may compete at nationwide ranges, she stated.

Poonam famous that after becoming a member of arms with DPS, they felt assured about offering the women safety.

“We were sure about one thing: that we are able to provide a nice and secure platform for girls where they do not need to fear for anything.”

Dhar, whose college has been doing exceptionally properly in research, sporting and extra-curricular actions, feels there’s scope for extra work within the area of sports activities.

“As of now, RKFC is doing an excellent job as football is being performed virtually all over the place within the valley.

“And with their (RKFC) expertise, we are able to harness talent of young students,” stated Dhar who didn’t overlook to say the function of dad and mom of the women, who’ve come out in help of the joint initiative of DPS and RKFC.

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