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J&K Bank, Police department should take initiative to establish well-structured women’s football team: Arun Malhotra

InternationalFootballJ&K Bank, Police department should take initiative to establish well-structured women's football team: Arun Malhotra

Srinagar: Many a person’s have been cynical about women’s football in the recent debacle in senior national women’s football, I thought it better to look at the positive aspect of the game which would enhance the graph of success in JK women’s football. We cannot expect overnight excel in performance. There is a long way to go for women’s football which needs a high number of women coaches and referees and even administrators with good incentives. Most importantly, we need more women’s teams and tournaments in JK. Along-with this, remember most of our footballers come from economically backward families. So they don’t have enough nutrition which affects their health a lot. We must cover that aspect as well.

In order to broaden the sports culture among women folk all stakeholders have to take some initiatives so that we could provide a sports atmosphere to women folk in JK.

Since JK Bank and police were among the first to establish a men’s football team they should now take initiative to frame womens football team to fulfill aspirations of women sports persons in JK. I urge Jammu and Kashmir Bank to start an exclusive academy and football team for women in Jammu and Kashmir. This will be the biggest boost to encourage girl child to take sports as a profession as well. Likewise, I strongly recommend J&K police should frame a women football team in JK so that women sports persons could secure their jobs to pursue their ambition to be a footballer.

Being an analyst and part of our football national team, In my opinion the major reason for the success of European football is development at the grassroot level. All top European clubs have set up football academies which encourages children to get started at an early age. Such a structured organization enables the players to develop skills at an early age and help them into becoming quality players.

Jammu and Kashmir administration in collaboration with the private sector needs to open more academies and try to liase with Indian top football clubs to help them set up the academies.

Further, the Government must come up with new incentives and schemes for providing jobs to the best women footballers. If any women footballer participates in Santosh trophy she must be given some reservation in professional colleges and also in employment.

All the government departments are advised to have a women’s football team along with a men’s football team. In yesterday years JK had almost all departmental teams which for unknown reasons have been abandoned. We need to revive them if we really want to produce good talent in women’s football.

Formation of the Scouts department is the need of hour. We have seen natural talent is available in far off villages too for which a proper Mechanism has to be put in place so that we could have a talent pool available in J&K . Corporate sector has to be persuaded and motivated to at least create a ground/ coaching facility for women footballers.

AIFF has rightly made huge promises on women’s football development in its Vision 2047 document. A major aspect of the Vision document is to strengthen women’s football as it needs a better focus in India. The Federation under the leadership of President Kalyan Chaubey has laid down the steps that will uplift the levels of women’s football in India. There is a new road map and JK is also a part and parcel of the same.

There is an immense task ahead for raising the standard of women’s football in Jammu and Kashmir and with execution of all plans timely the huge change will be felt on ground and women.

We need to develop structured women’s football with proper infrastructure so that better results are expected.

Article is written by Arun Malhotra, a former India football get belonging to J&K.

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