Delhi Soccer Association, which has changed its name to Football Delhi, has announced to launch centre of excellence for under-16 and under-19 girls. The organisation has already conducted trials to fill batches and selected 25 girls per batch to start with. FD president Shaji Prabhakaran promises that the institution will provide exposure to the girls. “This is our first step in building a strong base,” he said.

As part of the centres, FD will equip players with coaching and equipment and it has chosen two training venues in South Delhi for the girls’ game. “The players will assemble twice a week for collective training. Friendly matches will also be part of the development programme,” HT reported

This time, Delhi reached the quarterfinals in the senior nationals. By virtue of that, we have qualified for the next National Games. With better training, we should do better in the next national meet.

Savi Mehta who is a national level player says that the effort will boost women’s football in the capital. “This time, Delhi reached the quarterfinals in the senior nationals. By virtue of that, we have qualified for the next National Games. With better training, we should do better in the next national meet,” she said.

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FD claims to build inclusiveness in the game by espousing girls’/women’s football with great focus.

“Angelique Foundation is supporting Centre of Excellence to promote and encourage the girl football players in Delhi and to create a platform for talented girls to train round the year in an environment which is encouraging and handled in a professional manner. It is the endeavour of our foundation to support talented girls in football from all economic backgrounds and we support the initiative of Football Delhi in nurturing girl players through its centre of excellence,” said Jaishree Goyal, Head of CSR, Angelique International Limited.

Football Delhi has also planned to start six-a-side competitions for under-9 and under-11 boys and girls called the golden league. “There has been huge a response to the programme. We have got over 100 entries. The event will start in June,” the DF president added.

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