State Football Academy launched at Bandipora, Ganderbal

SRINAGAR: State Football Academy of J&K State Sports Council launched its District Academies at Bandipora and Ganderbal on Thursday by chief guest of the occasion, Waheed-Ur-Rehman Parra, Secretary J&K State Sports Council in a simple function here.

State Football Academy which was launched on May 25 by Minister for Sports, IT and Technical Education, Imran Raza Ansari, aims to establish Academy Units of SFA in every District in three age groups of Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 years. So far 250 players have been selected and trained at these three Districts and the SFA intends to targets 5000 players across the State by the end of the playing season, who will be professionally trained by Head of the Academy and Star Footballer, Mehraj-Ud-Din Wadoo and International Coach, Sajid Dar.

Recently State Football Academy was awarded 2 star rating by All India Football Federation (AIFF) which provides them berth to participate in major tournaments of National Level like Junior I-League, Youth League, IFA Shield Durand Cup etc.

Later in his speech Waheed Ur Rehman said "We want to see players from every part of the State performing at highest level and the platform has already been set by SFA".


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