Golden Baby Leagues Help Nabadwip Defy Prejudices and Introduce More Girls to Football

 

A general trend in India is that most girl’s parents feel apprehensive to participate in any kind of sports activity, let alone play football.

Not the people of remote village Shondanga near Nabadwip in West Bengal.

All credit goes to Bhupendranath Pal, a retired banker and an avid football enthusiast who attempted to bring girls into the football field two years ago defying all prejudices.

Since then, a project that began with just four young nervous girls has grown from strength to strength to gather fifty-six youths within less than two years – all together efforts to take Indian football forward In!

“I’ve always wanted to use football as a tool for sociopolitical influence. Thank you.” All India Football Federation, To Golden baby league It has provided a perfect opportunity to build a strong relationship with every person in our society. That is why I started strongly pursuing football in my area, especially for younger girls, ”said Pal.

AIFF D-license holder shared a never-before-heard story with www.the-aiff.com discussing the Nabadwip Golden Baby League, which has already introduced more than 1,000 children in two years .

“One day, while I was coaching some children, I saw four young girls coming towards us and enjoying the game. I asked them if they were willing to join us. But they felt ashamed Were and ran away, ”he continued. They came back 15-20 minutes later and when the girls league saw daylight – with just four girls. They kept coming in excitement. He found a purpose. We inspired him and the leap of faith played a big role. Expanding the league. Twenty-six girls are now playing in that league. “

There are five age group leagues for girls from U-7 to U-10 and U-14. While three teams with seven player appearances participate in the U-14 age group competition, five teams of seven players each are enrolled in other age-groups.

“The earlier parents were skeptical about sending them to play football. What I realized was – if they get a personal touch and sense of security they don’t think twice to allow their wards. It’s a The big lesson is what I learned from these families, who don. ‘T-to-do belong to families, but tolerate a 24/7 struggle called life.

In 2017–18, children aged 600 participated in four age-groups. 23 teams enrolled in the U-13 age group alone. In addition, children in the age group U-7, U-9 and U-10 also hit the ground to make the project a success.

The following year, the participation of girls has increased significantly, accounting for 25% of the total enrollment.

“We focused on four age-groups U-8, U-9, U-11 and U-12 in 2019-20. Out of 450-odd children, there were over 120 girls. For a locality like ours, She was extremely popular. It is inspiring for parents as well as girls who aspire to bend it in the future like girls and pornography. “

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