Kashmiri parents should encourage their daughters to take up football. Prem Thapa, coach of the Central Reserve Police Force team, believes that the Valley’s football teams Real Kashmir and Kashmir FC have done well at the national level. The state has a good infrastructure for football, so there is immense scope for women to move forward in this game. There should also be a football club for girls in Kashmir. All India Police Football Tournament is currently going on at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar and Kashmir University. There is a lot of enthusiasm among the spectators regarding the tournament.
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Thapa said having a professional football club for girls would allow them to travel to other parts of the country to play tournaments, the way there are academies for boys. Onam Bembem Devi, captain of the Manipur police women’s team, said that football should be encouraged in the valley. Things can change if there is an Indian Police Football Championship on a regular basis. There is a need for football culture for girls in Kashmir. Girls should come to the stadium to watch women’s football matches. Many women have previously played for the national team. Taking inspiration from her, young girls should go ahead and take up sports.
CRPF player Nisha says parents should encourage girls to take up sports just like they do boys. I am from Haryana, earlier there girls did not get that much encouragement but now many girls are bringing laurels to the state and country in sports. Syed Sleet Shah, Deputy Inspector General of Police in Jammu and Kashmir, says that women should get opportunities in all fields, including sports.
Women in sports have always been the role models and have shown a lot of confidence. Professor Neelofar Khan, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, says that it is wonderful that teams from all over the country are coming and playing here, it is very encouraging for our students.
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