New Delhi: Marking the closure to the successful first edition of first ever Under-13 Delhi Girls’ School Football League, CEQUIN, in association with Delhi Dynamos and Football India, hosted the final match to celebrate the winners of this month long tournament. The match took place at Sanskriti School, Dr Radhakrishnan Marg, Chanakyapuri that successfully determined the winners and created a pathway for their future excellence. Prominent personalities like Rahul Bose, Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament and Mr. Rod Hilton, Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to India graced the event with their presence to support the cause and initiative.
Speaking on the successful completion of this initiative, Sara Abdullah Pilot, Chairperson, CEQUIN and Chairperson of the Women’s Committee at the AIFF says that, “By promoting football for girls we are shattering gender stereotypes, bringing girls out of their homes and building their leadership. The growing popularity of women’s football across the globe presents an exciting possibility to kick start equality and bridge the gap of gender inequality.”
The League witnessed the participation of 32 schools across four zones. Over the past one year, CEQUIN has conducted Football and leadership camps for girls in 25 Delhi Government schools. 10 school teams were selected and groomed to form from girls’ football team who have participated in this league. The highlight of this League has been its unique inclusive model, witnessing participation of girls from both, government and private schools, competing to earn an enriching personal, extra-curricular, social and educational experience. Football Delhi’s commitment to scouting 25 talented players from this League for their Excellence Academy, will provide a pathway to hone the talent for the future.
This initiative further seeks to galvanize girls’ grassroots football, with the vision of international success in the future, as a part of the mandate of the National Alliance for Women’s Football in India, Mission 2028.