SRINAGAR: Secretary J&K State Sports Council, Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra inaugurated District Football Academy at Pulwama on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion Parra said the establishment of Academy in the district was a long pending demand of dedicated footballers. He said more Football Academies will be opened in every district of the State
He said that the academy will act as major sports training institute and provide players a platform to prepare for Nationals as well as International competitions.
Parra further said that Government has initiated various policies under which the sports infrastructure of the State will be developed as a major sports destination. He said the Government is keen to involve the youth of the State in sports activities to boost their morale. He said various measures are underway to involve more and more youth in sports.
The Secretary was accompanied by Prominent Footballer Mehrajuddin Wadoo. Giving the details, Wadoo said that academy will train age group of 13, 15 and 18 and team of professional coaches will train these players. He congratulated the players who were selected in recent trials and competitions held by the Academy.
Meanwhile, 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.