Today, girls from the remotest corners of the country are daring to pursue their dream like never before, especially so in the sports arena. Mini Roy — a teenager from a remote village in north Bengal has fought valiantly to be seen in the team jersey. She will be part of the squad for the upcoming Indian Women’s League, commencing in Kolhapur on Saturday (Nov 25).
Mini studies at ‘Sarala Bhupendranath Uccha Vidyalaya’ at Kushmandi in South Dinajpur district and she will be playing for the Chandney Sporting Club, Kolkata.
“Mini is a class XI student of our school. She will play for Chandney Sporting Club of Kolkata in the Indian Women’s League,” Dr Satyajit Sarkar, headmaster of the school, said, TOI reported.
According to Sarkar, girls in the co-education school are mastering football better than boys. The headmaster himself is focusing on developing football infrastructure for girls in the area. He added the girls’ team showed consistent results since 2012 in local, district and state level.
Mini enrolled herself in the team since the beginning of the team’s formation in the year 2011.
What’s more, the school team has recently brought home the trophy in an IFA organised a zonal tournament for U-17 girls in Hooghly district, where Mini, the footed forward player was spotted by the Chandney Sporting Club officials.
“My daughter plays in the school besides studying. Daughters of poor people like us had never got a chance to play these games. This headmaster is mad for sports. My daughter and other girls are playing at this level because of him,” said Manindranath Roy, Mini’s father.
Roy is merely a daily wage earner. While the financial crisis is a big issue for such a family, he is grateful to the headmaster for his well-doings.
A goal-oriented person, Mini believes if she tries harder, it wouldn’t be difficult to prove that girls from remote villages can also excel in sports.
More power to you Mini!
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