Srinagar: Governor N N Vohra on Monday distributed sports kits among both boys and girls of State Football Academy (SFA) teams of Kashmir division at Astro Turf Ground, Srinagar, and said that “in order to encourage youth and boost their morale, we need to facilitate them with rewards.”
He appreciated the efforts and joint initiatives of Council and SFA for providing youth a better platform to showcase their talent. “If youth of J&K are availed with optimal opportunities there is no doubt in the fact that they will excel in their respective disciplines,” he said.
The event was organized by State Football Academy (SFA) of Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council (JKSSC) with full support from JKSSC. Governor, N N Vohra was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Advisor (K) Vijay Kumar, chairman and CEO of J&K Bank, Parvez Ahmad, and Commissioner Secretary Youth Services and Sports, Javaid Ahmad Khan were the guests of honour.
Vohra further emphasized that effort should be taken to indulge female populace in sports as well.
“Ample opportunities should be provided to both young boys and girls so as to indulge them in sports activities,” he said and added, “Whatever requirements are required to groom sports talent whether infrastructure, equipment, quality training etc. government will provide that.”
Commissioner Secretary, Javaid Ahmad Khan on this occasion said that proper avenues should be provided to the school children especially girls so that they too can prove their mettle.
In-charge SFA and International footballer, Mehraj-u-Din Wadoo highlighted the achievements of SFA and various initiatives taken by SFA for the betterment of youth.
“SFA has been successfully launched in the districts of the State and this initiative is bearing fruits now and each district unit comprises of almost 100 enthusiastic footballers under three age categories,” he said.
He further said that to empower women through sports SFA has launched Women Football Academies as well.
“So far we have launched women football academies in eight districts comprising of almost 25 players but in near future rest of the districts will be covered,” he added.
The ceremony was also graced by Joint Secretary JKSSC, Nazir Ahmad, Divisional Sports Officer, Nuzhat Ara, International footballer and In-charge SFA, Mehraj-u-Din Wadoo, and Executive Officer SFA, Majid Yousuf Dar besides other dignitaries from JKSSC and Jammu and Kashmir Football Association.