Bend it like Beckham! Boosting ‘Khelo India’ project, Jammu and Kashmir gears up for ‘Let’s play Football’

News Bharati    12-Jun-2019

Srinagar, June 12: Accelerating the pace and generating curiosity among the youth on developing aspects in sports, the state of Jammu and Kashmir has come up with a new innovative idea. In a first-of-its-kind, inter-district football tourney is being played under the title ‘Let’s Play Football’ and is a part of the government’s ‘Khelo India’ project.


The Central Government’s Department of Youth Services and Sports has begun the final phase of the Inter-District State Football Competition from Wednesday at the Astro Turf Football Ground in Srinagar. The tournament, which has 1175 players from different districts, conducted its inaugural ceremony today. A total of 88 teams, with 44 boys and 44 girls team, will take part, representing several districts. The teams have been categorised as under-17 and under-19.

The competition for the boys will be held across four venues, Synthetic Turf TRC, Polo Ground, Gindun Sports Complex and SP College Ground, in Srinagar. While the girls will be fighting for the glory in different fields across Ganderbal district.

Reportedly, the Department of Sports has provided excellent accommodation to both boys and girls in Srinagar and Ganderbal. The entire event has been hailed as a step to promote sports at the grass-root level. The authorities have also assigned 20 buses to provide hassle-free transportation to players and officials. 200 football officials have been fielded to smoothly conduct the tournament.