11 Million Kids in India to Get Football in 15,000 Schools

Pranab Mukherjee being introduced to the players of football teams at the inauguration of the 7th edition of KKM Memorial Gold Cup-Rural Football Tournament 2017, at Mackenzie Park Football Ground, Murshidabad, in West Bengal on July 14, 2017
Pranab Mukherjee being introduced to the players of football teams at the inauguration of the 7th edition of KKM Memorial Gold Cup-Rural Football Tournament 2017, at Mackenzie Park Football Ground, Murshidabad, in West Bengal on July 14, 2017

Sports Minister of India Vijay Goel provided an opportunity to slum children from across Delhi on Friday to witness the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy displayed at his residence. The children were also gifted footballs during the event.

Goel said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always encouraged sports and sportspersons with the motto of “KhelogeToKhiloge”.

It has inspired to initiate Mission 11 Million programme, which aims to take football to 11 million kids across the country through 15,000 schools. So far, 8 million kids have been reached via 12,000 schools across the country with competitions and mini-football fests.

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The Sports Minister also said that various Chief Ministers will be urged to take up mass football distribution in their respective states to popularize football.

Goel added that school students in Delhi will get to watch India’s Delhi matches for free and will discuss the same with authorities from the other venues/cities too.

“India has been doing well in recent times and we will continue to support our players in every possible way”, the Minister pointed out.

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Goel has visited all the venues to check the preparedness for the upcoming World Cup, which is the first FIFA tournament to be hosted by India. Goel said that India will be keen and willing to host other FIFA events in future too.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup will be played between October 6 and October 28, 2017. The final will be held at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on October 28, 2017.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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