State Football Academy (SFA) of Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council (JKSSC) launched two more District Football Units at Kupwara and Baramulla districts on Saturday at Boys Higher Secondary School Kupwara and Khushaal Stadium Sopore respectively.
Meanwhile, the objective behind opening district football units and football learning schools is to provide platform to talented and budding footballers from far flung areas besides to harness and nurture raw talent from grassroot level across the state.
On the launching ceremony of District Unit Kupwara, Secretary Football Association, Imtiyaz Ahmad, Technical Director of SFA, Sajid Yousuf Dar, National Goalkeeping Coach, Umar Hayat, Ex-footballer Khazir Mohammad, SFA Head Coach Ganderbal Muzamil Mohammad,and district coaches of SFA were present besides that football fanatics and locals also participated in the inaugural ceremony which was inaugurated by Sajid Yousuf Dar.
Moreover, in Baramulla district, Additional Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Khurshid Ahmad inaugurated the football unit for District Baramulla, who was also the Chief Guest while as District Football Association (DFA) President, Noor Mohammad, District Coordinator NYK, Hakeem Abdul Aziz, JKSSC District Manager, Sheikh Mushtaq, Ex-footballer Basharat Ahmad besides the guests who inaugurated the Kupwara football unit also graced the event by their presence.
During the inauguration ceremony, Khurshid Ahmad addressed the gathering and hailed the initiative taken by JKSSC and SFA for opening its district football units. He also encouraged the players to participate in games and sports.
“It is a good step and kids can take part in co-curricullar activities that will keep them physically and mentally fit.”
Technical Director, Sajid Yousuf interacted with football enthusiastics and told them to get benefitted from these units. He said, “In these football units we will provide you (footballers) professional coaches who will train you on modern lines and SFA will provide you platform to showcase your talent in different competions.”
Meanwhile, launching of these units received overwhelming response from locals and footballers and appreciated the initiatives taken by Secretary Sports Waheed-Ur-Rahman Para besides Executive Officer and other Officials from Council and SFA.