With an objective to nurture and groom young budding footballers in every district of Jammu and Kashmir, State Football Academy (SFA) of Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council (JKSSC) launched one more District Football Unit under Mission-22 in District Ramban on Sunday at Government Higher Secondary School Banihal.
On this occasion, District Commissioner Ramban, Tariq Ahmad Ganie was the Chief Guest while as Superintendent of Police Ramban, Vinay Kumar was the Guest of Honour.
With the launch of this unit, SFA Ramban will likely compete in SFA Inter Academy Football League 2017-18 and is pooled in Srinagar Cluster.
Earlier, on Saturday SFA conducted selection trials for the football aspirants of Ramban district under Mission-22 to select probables for the SFA district football unit Ramban.
Almost 120 football aspirants from various villages of Ramban besides from other far away areas took part in trials, out of which 60 players under three age groups 13, 15, and 18 respectively were selected on various parameters.
Moreover, the selected players will go under thorough training to compete in SFA Inter Academy Football League likely to be held at Srinagar.
The players will be trained as per the curriculum and philosophy set by SFA under local coach, FarooqAhmad.
The trials were conducted under the supervision of Senior Coach of JKSSC, Javed Ahmad Sofi and U-15 SFA Head Coach, Muzamil Mahmood.
The whole event was coordinated by President District Football Association (DFA) Ramban, Shoaib Jeelani, DFA Secretary, Faizan Farooq and Tresurer, Nazil Beigh.
During the trials, the enthusiastic parents who were accompanying their kids hailed the CEO of SFA, Waheed-Ur-Rehman Para for his efforts to reach out to the budding footballers of far-away areas like Ramban.
“The SFA came forth to avail our kids with such great opportunity which is praiseworthy and commendable,” the parents said.
“It is for the first time that such initiative has been taken by SFA of JKSSC to launch football academy in the district besides football school,” they added and said that this initiative will definitely help children to grow as a healthy and disciplined citizens of the society.