The AIFF has plans to improve football in Jammu and Kashmir.

The AIFF has plans to improve football in Jammu and Kashmir.

New Delhi: On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey and Secretary General Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran met with J&K Sports Council Secretary Nuzhat Gull in New Delhi to talk about the future of football in the Union Territory.

During the Hero I-League matches in Srinagar, where spectators have thronged in numbers to see Real Kashmir FC play at the TRC Football Stadium, the thriving sports culture in Jammu and Kashmir has been clearly evident. These matches have been played at the Srinagar Stadium. In order to advance Indian football and fulfil the goals outlined in ‘Vision 2047,’ the Indian Football Federation intends to expand football programmes all around the nation.

According to Chaubey, “There is no lack of talent in Jammu and Kashmir,” and the organisation would “very much want to collaborate with the stakeholders in the area to bridge the gap between the young and the beautiful game.”

“It is our hope that the game and the infrastructure around it in the area will advance to the point where it will be possible to hold tournaments at the district and even the local level.”

The local government has communicated its desire to establish its very own folk heroes that the residents of the Union Territory may look forward to in the years to come. Additionally, discussions took place about the hosting of national team camps, the development of referees, youth, and grassroots organisations, particularly for women.

Dr. Prabhakaran was quoted as saying, “We would also want to play a similar role for social causes in the state. The Government of India has already taken a number of sports efforts with the Jammu and Kashmir Administration. In addition to this, we are exploring the possibility of entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Jammu and Kashmir Administration in order to assist in the development of local capacity and further the sport across the state.

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